A 15-year-old boy carrying a suicide note in his backpack was killed Wednesday morning in Covina when he stood in the path of a Metrolink train, authorities said.
Train number 311 was traveling to Los Angeles from San Bernardino at 53 mph when it struck the boy, a student at Charter Oak High School, said Covina police Sgt. John Zumwalt. Witnesses said the teenager held his ground as the train approached shortly before 8 a.m.
The death was the third suicide in 10 days involving a Metrolink train, spokeswoman Sharon Gavin said.
On Jan. 27, a 52-year-oldman drove his SUV into the path of a Metrolink train in Glendale. Capt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said the man had left a will and suicide note addressed to his mother.
And on Jan. 30, a 37-year-old man with a history of depression was killed when he parked his car at a City of Industry rail crossing. Investigators found a page in his car from a Web site devoted to suggesting ways to commit suicide, Campbell said.