STUDIO CITY—The Metro Red Line, a heavy rail subway, which runs between downtown and North Hollywood via the districts of Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire, struck and killed 19-year-old David Ferrer in Studio City on January 2.
According to a Metro statement, “At [around] 11:50 a.m. Friday morning, a person on the tracks was struck and killed by a Red Line train at the Universal/Studio City Station. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is also investigating.”
Paramedics rushed to the Universal/Studio City station located on the 3900 block of Lankershim Boulevard and pronounced Ferrer, who is from Burbank, dead at the scene, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s Watch Commander Larry Dietz. The incident caused delays for nearly 20-minutes.
Investigators have yet to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Kim Upton, a Metro Spokesperson told Canyon News, “It has not been declared a suicide, only the coroner can do that.”
She did however say, “The tapes we have indicate that the person jumped onto the tracks in an apparent suicide.”
According to a Metro news release, “In 2012, four people committed suicide jumping in front of Blue Line trains…pedestrian incidents remain a stubborn problem with suicides becoming a major concern.”
Upton did say that, “This is the first (apparent) suicide we had since September 2013.”
She continued, “We have a very active program to prevent suicides. We have partnered up with the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center to deal with the increase of suicides and we’ve seen excellent results.”
She also added, “We have signs posted all over the place giving the phone number so people will perhaps see it and realize that there’s help available.”
January 2 proved to be a fatal day for the Blue Line as well, as a man was shot and killed at Metro Blue Line’s Artesia station. According to a press release, “At approximately 8:40 a.m. Friday morning, a man was shot at the Blue Line’s Artesia Station. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives have launched an investigation.”
Law enforcement and safety officials urge the public to pay attention when approaching the train stations and crossing the tracks and to stay behind the safety gates when they are lowered. Official warn against pedestrians “standing along the alignment texting, listening to music with headphones, making phone calls, drawing their hoodies low across their faces and engaging in other behavior that can lead to distraction and be dangerous in the vicinity of trains.”
UPDATE: The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office have ruled David Ferrer’s death to be a suicide on January 7. Anyone thinking of suicide is urged to call the suicide crisis line at 1-877-727-4747.