The death of a woman struck by a Metrolink train in Saugus Friday has been ruled a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
“The cause of death was a suicide,” said Ed Winter, L.A. County coroner spokesman.
Elizabeth Torres, 49, a transient, was struck and killed by Metrolink Train 221 near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Drayton Street in Saugus just before 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11.
L.A. County firefighters and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded and reported her dead at the scene.
“She was pronounced dead on May 11 at 7:04 p.m.,” Winter said. “The autopsy’s been done: blunt force trauma, and ruled a suicide.”
“We have surveillance video of it and it looks pretty clear that it was a suicide,” said Detective David Gunner of the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, who was among the first responders and assigned to investigate the case.
Gunner said no eyewitnesses came forward, although there were social media posts by residents who said they saw the woman throw herself into the train’s path.
“The train was stopped about 500 yards from the point of impact,” one eyewitness who requested his name not be used told SCVNews.com.
While he did not see the impact, the eyewitness saw the aftermath.
“The scene was gruesome, there were pieces everywhere,” he said. “One of the sheriff’s deputies put a sheet over the largest part of her body.”
The eyewitness also saw two rolling suitcases sitting alongside the tracks near the point of impact, he said.
Train 221 was northbound a few minutes out of the Newhall Metrolink station when the train struck Torres.
Passengers on Train 221 were bused to the Santa Clarita station to board Train 227 to Lancaster.
While widely published unofficially, Torres’ identity was not officially released until Friday, following official next-of-kin notification.