Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Public Safety Man Sleeping on Railroad Track Is Killed When Train Hits Him

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Public Safety Man Sleeping on Railroad Track Is Killed When Train Hits Him

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

A 41-year-old homeless man who evidently went to sleep on railroad tracks near a crossing at Harbor Road on the north end of Green Cove Springs was struck and killed by a freight train Wednesday .

The victim, identified by the Clay County Sheriff's Office as Jimmy Keene, died just after 3 a.m. when a train crushed his skull as he lay across the tracks behind a shopping center near the entrance to Magnolia Point Country Club.

"It's being classified as a suicide," said Sgt. Wesley Gronikowski of the sheriff's office. "He was laying across the track using the rail as a pillow."

Gronikowski said Keene and a girlfriend, whose identity was not disclosed, apparently had been living with another homeless couple under the nearby Governor's Creek Bridge. Keene's girlfriend was sleeping on the grass near the tracks when he was killed, Gronikowski said.

The couple had been drinking prior to the incident, he said, adding that the woman told investigators Keene had been talking about suicide in recent weeks.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS

-- A sheriff's deputy shot and killed a possibly rabid raccoon Monday after the animal was discovered on the front porch of a residence on Live Oak Lane.

Helen Halligan called the sheriff's office to report the incident after she found the raccoon, which was described in a police report as having sweaty fur and glazed eyes, on her porch about 1 p.m.

When Deputy Eric Twisdale arrived, he noticed the raccoon was unsteady on its feet and bared its teeth at the officer as he approached the animal. After consulting with his superiors and with Clay County Animal Control, the officer shot the raccoon twice.

The animal's body was taken to animal control authorities for tests to determine if it was rabid, in which case the entire area may have to be placed under a quarantine notice for a period of time.

ORANGE PARK

-- A motorcycle was reported stolen Tuesday from a parking lot in front of the owner's home at Mariner's Wharf Apartments, 350 Crossings Blvd.

The theft of the 1999 red Suzuki Katana 600 cycle occurred between the early evening hours of Monday and 11:30 a. …

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