Tinley Park man killed by Metra train identified
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org December 21, 2011 6:10PM
Updated: January 23, 2012 10:55AM
Joseph Gill, of Tinley Park, was remembered Wednesday as a good friend who went out of his way to help others.
“He was very friendly. Joe was a kind-hearted and giving person,” said a friend, Joe Okroi, of Orland Park.
Gill, 47, of the 6600 block of 177th Street, died after being struck at 12:10 a.m. Monday by a Metra train near Ridgeland Avenue as it approached the Oak Park Avenue station in Tinley Park.
He was not carrying any identification, and authorities were unable to determine his identity until Tuesday night. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled his death an accident.
A Metra spokesman said the train engineer saw a man walking along the Rock Island Line tracks, sounded the horn and applied the brakes, but Gill was hit as he tried to get out of the way.
Okroi said Gill had been at a downtown tavern and likely was taking a shortcut home.
Arrangements are pending.