Updated: May 4, 2013 6:22AM
A pedestrian who was struck and killed early Monday in New Lenox by a train on Metra’s Rock Island Line has been identified as Lester Farrelly Jr., 25, of New Lenox, according to the Will County coroner’s office.
Farrelly was hit about 5:45 a.m. by an inbound train a half-mile east of Schoolhouse Road in an area where there is no street crossing, a Metra spokesman said.
Preliminary autopsy results indicate that he died of his injuries, but the official reason for the death is pending toxicology and police reports, authorities said.
Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said the engineer reported that it was not yet daylight when the train rounded a corner and he thought he saw a deer on the tracks. The engineer realized it was a person and applied the emergency brake system but was unable to avoid striking Farrelly, Reile said.
The collision shut down service on the Rock Island Line for one hour during the morning rush.
Susan DeMar Lafferty