BYU custodian killed in FrontRunner accident

By on February 20, 2013.

PROVO — A man died after being struck by a FrontRunner train Friday morning at the intersection of 700 West and 600 South.

About 7:30 a.m., Douglas Crow, a BYU custodian, was riding his bicycle when he was hit by the train. Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua said a woman driving an Escalade was trying to make a left-hand turn onto 700 West from 600 South. She did not see Crow and knocked him off his bike with the front bumper and onto the train tracks.

Police are blocking the intersection where the man was hit by this FrontRunner train this morning. He passed away in a local hospital. (Photo by Randall Jeppesen)

“Immediately after, lights came on and arms went down,” Siufanua said.

Crow could not get up in time due to the sustained injuries.

Paramedics arrived on scene and performed CPR before transporting him to Utah Valley Medical Center, Siufanua said. Crow later died in the hospital. He was 69-years-old and was going to retire in September.

FrontRunner service between Provo and Orem was stopped and train passengers were transported via UTA buses while the accident was being investigated.

Maria Fregoso-Avina was the driver of the Escalade and was arrested that day after operating her vehicle with frost covering the windshield, Siufanua said. Avina was charged with negligent homicide, improper lookout and driving with an obstructed windshield.

Kurt Hanson

Kurt Hanson

Kurt Hanson is the deputy editor for the Universe. He's from Colorado Springs, Colo., and has had experience in various forms of media including an internship at KKTV in Colorado Springs and an internship at Men's Journal in New York. He has a passion for sports, politics and outdoor life.