Culpeper police identify victim struck by train

Culpeper police have identified the man killed yesterday morning after he was struck by an Amtrak passenger train as Elijah Nathaniel Rivera, 19, with no fixed address.

A positive identification was made today.

Also, an autopsy was performed today by the Virginia Medical Examiner in Manassas.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Rivera’s death, while awaiting the official results of the autopsy and toxicology tests, which could take months.

About 8:02 a.m., the Amtrak Crescent Train #20, headed from New Orleans to New York and travelling about 40 mph, struck Rivera, who was with two other men on the tracks about 150 yards north of the intersection of Fairfax Street, which runs parallel to the tracks, with Wine Street.

As the train sounded its horn and began to brake, two of the men safely got out of the way of the oncoming train. Rivera continued to sit on the crosstie and did not move, according to police. Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Neither of the other two men was injured.

The Crescent train, carrying about 266 passengers, was allowed to proceed to its destination about 11:53 a.m. About 16 passengers on the Crescent transferred to the Amtrak Northeast Regional #176 train, which departed the Culpeper depot at 9:44 a.m.