Suicide by train

All evidence seems to indicate that the 50-year old Palm Coast man, struck and killed Friday by a Florida East Coast freight train that runs between Atlanta and Miami, was the author of his own demise — investigators tell Historic City News reporters they feel confident that the death was “a deliberate act by the victim”.

Eerily, just hours before the collision at the crossing of US-1 and CR-210, the same freight train, FEC Train 210, struck another man in Ft. Lauderdale. The crew operating the train during the morning collision was different from the crew operating the train Friday afternoon in St Johns County. Investigators are saying that there is no connection between the two collisions.

We know more about what happened Friday evening, however, the sheriff’s office needs your help in locating relatives of the man, who detectives say, voluntarily walked onto the tracks — in front of the train that was traveling north at about 58 mph.

The victim has been identified as Daniel P. McCarthy of Palm Coast, D.O.B. 4/10/1961.

Detectives found McCarthy’s vehicle, a 2000 Nissan Maxima, parked in the lot at the T/A Travel Center located at CR-210 West at I-95 — a little more than three miles from where the collision occurred. Officials are not saying if they found a suicide note in the vehicle.

Detectives have not been able to identify nor locate any living relatives of the subject.

Anyone with any information concerning possible relatives of Daniel P. McCarthy is asked to contact Detective David Garns at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office at (904) 209-3982.

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