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Metrolink sued over Lake Elsinore man's death


Last updated 2/2/2019 at 4:05pm

LAKE ELSINORE - The widow of a Lake Elsinore man killed after being hit by a Metrolink train in 2018 in Dana Point is suing the rail authority, alleging the engineer failed to keep a proper lookout and did not sound his horn.

Jacqueline Gibson's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges negligence and wrongful death. She seeks unspecified damages.

Engineer Richard Bernard Wingfield also is named as a defendant.

"We are very sorry for this family's loss,'' Metrolink spokesman Paul Gonzales told City News Service on Saturday. "While we cannot comment on litigation, we want to reiterate that Metrolink's first priority is safety.''

Gibson and her 71-year-old husband, Ernest, were crossing the Metrolink tracks near Doheny Park Road and Pacific Coast Highway about 4 p.m. April 16, 2018, when the westbound train struck the man, according to the complaint.

The suit alleges that Wingfield did not properly keep a lookout for pedestrians, sound his horn or slow down, despite conditions that could lead to an imminent collision, all in violation of Federal Railroad Administration rules.

Gibson died of his injuries and his wife, who also was nearly hit, suffered emotional distress from witnessing the incident, the suit states.

According to media reports at the time, Ernest Gibson saved his wife's life by pushing her out of the way at the last second. The couple, married for more than three decades, had planned a vacation at a Dana Point RV campground and were going to spend a few weeks playing Frisbee, riding bikes and enjoying each other's company, the reports stated.


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