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Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Metrolink Train in Dana Point Identified

Authorities say by all indications and witness accounts, Billy Brotherton, 54, of Capistrano Beach stepped in front of a Metrolink train Wednesday evening.

A man who was struck by a Metrolik train shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday night in Dana Point has been identified as Billy Brotherton, 54.

The death occurred about halfway between the San Clemente Metrolink Station and the San Juan Capistrano Depot, next to the campground at Doheny State Beach at 5:10 p.m., authorities said.

According to Jim Amormino, spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Department: "After talking with numerous witnesses who were near the scene, investigators have ruled the incident as a suicide. They say he deliberately stepped in front of the train that was heading Northbound near Dana Point."

Brotherton is married, Amormino said.

Trains were diverted for several hours on Wednesday, he said, which is a common practice when something like this happens.

Amormino said. "It does happen from time to time. Suicides are part of every day society and some people choose that method to escape."

Terese October 20, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I have known Bill and his beloved wife (Kristi) for many years, I knew each of them before they ever met, I was elated when the two of them found each other and married....although I haven't seen them much in the last few years other than around town, grocery store, etc., it brings me great sorrow to hear of this devastating news. Bill, was a gentle giant, a sweet kind man, always a kind hello and hug. His wife Kristi, is a wonderful warm hearted person. My heart goes out to her. I'm very saddened and my prayers go out to Kristi and Bills parents and their families....and for Bill, may you be at peace now. : ( Terese
charlotte October 27, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Bill was a gem in my eyes. I feel so very blessed to have spent time with him and will never forget his warmth, optimism, encouragement, and chuckle. You will be sorely missed, my friend. <3 Avatar
Kristi Hugstad November 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Hi Victoria, I'm Bill's wife, Kristi Hugstad. Would like to meet you as your story has made quite an impact on my life. K.hugstad@cox.net
Kristi Hugstad December 11, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Thanks Chris, Bill's dad was also on that train,,, I know it's hard for all aboard, but can't express to you the grief and guilt of his 80 year old father,, coming to help.. Kristi
kristy armijo December 11, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Kristy Armijo Kristi is one of my dear friends, and pilates instructor. Since Bill's death, I am blown away everytime I see her by her strength. Although Bill's death was so tragic, and it is heart breaking and troubling to know that someone could be in such a miserable state, I am grateful for Kristi's strength and courage to enlighten us regarding steroid use, and the detrimental long term side effects. I am a single mother of two very talented athletes, both boys, ages 11 and 5. My older son has been playing sports since he was 4, and has always been one of the mvp's of what ever sport he is involvede (football, lacrosse, soccer, etc.) . Now my youngest is showing the same ability on the soccer field. Although they are both on the tall side, they are both extremely lean, not thick at all. It is my fear that once sports become more competitive in high school, they face the pressures of steroids, or other related substances in effort to enhance strength and muscle mass. I believe that somehow great things come from tragedy, and I hope to see Kristi's story regarding Bill to be an educational tool to those who aren't aware of how life threatening steroid use can be, and the life long effects it will have on one's well being, not to mention fatal. I am so sproud of her strength, yet so sorry for Bill's pain, and Kristi's pain as she is left behind.

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