Updated: Lake Forest High School Student Hit by Metra Train Dies

Witnesses saw him run in front of the train at Lake Forest crossing.


A 15-year-old student ran in front of a southbound Metra commuter train at 6:56 a.m. this morning (Jan. 9) near the intersection of Western Avenue and Ryan Place in , according to

The student has been identified as Farid Hussain in a statement released by Lake Forest High School District 115.

At Lake Forest HIgh School, Hussain was in the cast of the Frosh-Soph play of "Our Town" last year as a freshman. He was also a member of the Gamers Club. As an eighth grader at , Hussain qualified for the National French Contest.

"Social workers and counselors met with students in some of Farid’s classes today to provide support," according to a statement. "Additionally, throughout the week the school will have social workers and counselors on call if a child needs to talk to someone about this sad event."

The school district noted students are welcome anytime in the social workers office conference room (160J) on the high school's first floor.

Lake Forest High School principal Jay Hoffman sent out an e-mail note to parents Monday afternoon, extending the school's sympathies to the Hussain family.

This morning, a 911 call sent Lake Forest paramedics to the scene and Hussain was still alive en route to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, said Glenn Burmeister, deputy chief of police in Lake Forest.

Police released a statement, but did not identify the Lake Forest teen because he is a juvenile.

Burmeister said witnesses inside a car waiting at the train crossing saw the teen run in front of the train. The crossing gates were down.

"It does not appear he was trying to beat the train," Burmeister said.

Railroad service was delayed for approximately 79 minutes during the investigation and was restored at approximately 8:15 a.m., according to the police statement.

This is the first train fatality in Lake Forest since Feb. 5, 2010 when senior Ju Young "Chris" Lee, a boarding student from South Korea, was hit by an Amtrak train while walking along the tracks with a 19-year-old female companion near Conway Road, about a quarter-mile north of the Telegraph Road Metra station.

On Dec. 10, 2009, a woman was killed after being hit by an Amtrak train at the Telegraph Road station.

Riley January 10, 2012 at 05:37 AM
OMG. Please, we will never know why, nor is the public entitled to know and it is unseemly to even speculate. And also, please, don't make this political with statistical comparisons or anything of the like. This is an unimaginable tragedy that leaves most people feeling awful and wishing beyond all hope that hadn't happened.
Patricia Tardugno January 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Obviously, if it was actually suicide, there must have been constant harrassment from people around him, & if he was so constantly harrassed, I don't know why anyone would believe it was suicide, instead of murder, & all involved, or the witnesses, lieing to protect each other, or themselves from also being thrown in front of a train, or harrassed into running in front of a train to commit suicide. And, with the recent other cases of deaths near there involving the train, I can see why people would be sure, that can happen to them too & everyone would look the other way & lie & swear to it for each other!!!
Gth January 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
How about we all stop playing Sherlock for just a while..... Let the family grieve ... Have some time. .... Have a little respect.
Geo January 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM
We need to feel sorry and grieve for the conductor that will have to live out this nightmare for the rest of his life. As for the family ,I'm sure their were many events and signs that were ignored.
wllharrington January 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Was he wearing earphones? I have seen many students with earphones who are totally oblivious to the world walk into traffic. Fortunately, drivers can stop easier than a train engineer.
Jim Powers January 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Police said there is no evidence that he was wearing ear phones or talking on his cell phone. They did not find an electronic device at the scene.
Capwhan January 10, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Life is sad when something like this happens. I feel bad for his family and friends. What more to say? RIP dude.
Mike Dunn January 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
It takes 120 feet to safely stop a transit bus being operated at 35 mph. It takes about 1000 feet to stop a commuter train. What exactly type of safety equipment do you think is missing from the railroads?
John January 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Your comment doesnt make much sense since the crossing gates go down and big lights flash and horns blare telling you not to cross. This kid made a very stupid decision to try to run across the tracks and beat the train while gates and signals warned. His bad idea cost him his life. The railroad did as they should to warn people he made the choice and saddly it was a bad one that cost him his life. You can do your best best to keep things safe but stupidity can not be controlled.
John January 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Not to be mean but basically his own stupidity led him to his choice to try to beat or out run the train to cross and thats what cost him his life. It happens alot. It is sad but you can not control peoples decsion making and he chose a very bad choice and this is the outcome.Very sad but very preventable with common sense.
Paula January 10, 2012 at 06:53 PM
So sorry for the family's loss. Such a terrible thing to have happen. Something needs to be done to assist these students with what-ever is going on in their lives that would cause them to choose death over life. My prayers go out to them!
"R" January 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
My prayers to the family and to any and all children that feel so low that they want to end their innocient life. I know the crossing, and I know the area where the boy was from and I don't believe he had any reason to be crossing those tracks. The bike pass is just to the east of the tracks which was passed up to cross the tracks and it would make more sense to take the bike path to school. It is my understanding that his backpack was not on the body. I have a daughter that attends a middle school in Lake Forest and the students there are divided and it's sad that the parents know this and do nothing to bring the students together and these students are divided by the level of sports they play or the social status in which their parents raise them in. It's a tragic but it is reality! This could have been stopped and most likely prevented if more parents get involved in their childs life and school activites. And know the warning signs!! These are taught in all the Catholic schools through Virtus training something maybe all parents should be required to attend.
Amy January 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
People need to stop being ignorant and realize that this is a horrible tragedy that probably could've been prevented. It could've been stupidity, accident, or suicide among other things but it doesn't matter, this is still a death in our town and we should be mourning not speculating or judging. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and others affected by this tragedy. May you rest in peace Farid. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit-Psalm 34:18
Sherry January 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM
If you or anyone needs help understanding or dealing with mental illness please contact this group for help. http://www.namiccns.org/ They offer free classes, support groups and hot lines for those in crisis. Knowledge is a necessity when living with mental illness or living with someone who has mental illness.
Roger Billings January 11, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Well, in the past few weeks Patch comments have been taken over by nutballs who just can't stop commenting on the same stories. Now this. more proof there are people walking among us who are seriously mentally ill. And, proof that Patch is no different most Internet "rags." Too bad, it could have amounted to something. At least GazeboNews is moderating their comment boards.
Jim Powers January 11, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Hi Roger, thanks for your comment. I agree that the comments section is a challenge. We make every effort to try and keep the conversation on the topic at hand. I have gone in and deleted the comments on the Train story which do not relate to the story. I have also emailed my superiors about the other story you referred to. Someone else has control over the comment section of that story. It's the way our system is set up. I honestly believe Patch has and will continue to amount to something thanks to websites like GazeboNews, which helped pave the way. I take everything said about the site personally, so don't write us off just yet.
Carl Castrogiovanni January 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Thank you, Jim. This was an unfortunate incident. I'm glad you removed the posts from that person even if it meant having my replies also removed. It's tough to judge what is "offensive" or "abusive" versus letting people expose themselves on the internet like that person did (and allow others to see who's actually 'out there'). In the end, I think you made the right call on this one...
Neighbor January 11, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Thank you to the person who put up the wire stand for all the flowers by the tracks today. It looks much better. We all know what happened. Please don't place blame on anyone. This boy's family is grieving beyond belief. Life has been shattered! This affects so many people - the conductor, the witnesses, classmates, neighbors, and people who didn't even know him but have tremendous empathy because they are parents too. We need to keep the Hussain family close in our thoughts and prayers. They will need the strength of the community to get through this very difficult time.
Mike Dunn January 11, 2012 at 04:17 AM
My comment was in reply to someone who was blaming the railroad for the accident. They also stated the train was going to fast. I was only pointing out it trains don't stop on a dime.
Jim Powers January 11, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Hi Mike, sorry about that. Appreciate your input.
Mike Dunn January 11, 2012 at 05:05 AM
BP; Are you suggesting an anchor that could be thrown out? Trains stop just like your car. Brake shoes or disks applied to each wheel to slow and stop the train. If its a 10 car train in addition to the brakes on the locomotive there are 8 brakes on each car. Thats 80 plus brakes being applied. Your auto has four brakes.
Amy January 11, 2012 at 05:05 AM
well said
Mike Dunn January 11, 2012 at 05:21 AM
BP post 2 8. Why train stations don't have gates to open AFTER the train stops so people won't fall on the tracks?<< People don't fall on the tracks>> 9. Why trains go 50/6070/ mph through train stations/towns and they don't through railyards?<< Trains are being assembled in yds. 10. Why RR keep out signs are MILES apart in many places? 11. That their had to be witnesses? >>12. Why the railroad is allowed around the crime scene?<< Their own investigation which is more thorough than the police 13. Why the railroads get to self-investigate and Jeffrey Dohmer wasn't allowed to? >>14. Where the equipment the railroad removes after killing/ injuring someone goes?<< To the yard >>15. Why we are paying the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration millions and they never show up unless the media attention is beyond local level and the railroad needs a good cover story?"<< All railroad accidents including minor derailments(no one injured, no damage) are investigated by FRA
Carl Castrogiovanni January 11, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Mike Dunn, We understand what a tragic event this was, and not the railroad's fault. While I do understand how tempting it is to highlight such unhinged minds, please don't continue to feed the troll...
HS January 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
People PLEASE - this article was about a student (MY student) who killed himself. He was a wonderful, sweet boy who will be missed by so many people. This is not the place to discuss the safety or lack thereof of the railroad system. Let this only be a forum to offer support to Farid's family who must be going through unimaginable grief right now!
Jim Powers January 11, 2012 at 03:44 PM
HS. Thanks for your comment. That's where the focus should be, absolutely.
Really? January 11, 2012 at 05:32 PM
"Neighbor", you have expressed ALL perfectly. Thank you. None of us know the details, or should or will know. We all need to be supportive of the Hussain family. Those of us who have been there, know. The pain is unbelievable. Ask yourself: if this happened to you, what would you want right now?
Jeanita January 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
JKT Riley, thank you so much for your humanistic and caring comments. Have we lost all sense of what a tragedy truly is and where our focus should be when a young, promising life is lost? This young man, a beautiful, talented and sensitive soul, is gone. This child was my student, and I grieve with his family at such an enormous loss. That should be our focus! Were you there, did you know him, can you say for certain what led up to this, or even how the exact events unfolded. Your "opinions" about what happened, rail safety, or anything else not related to our loss of this precious child and human being are shallow and self-serving. God help us, if we ever have to personally face such a devastating loss. My thoughts, prayers, and most gentle, caring wishes go to Farid's parents, family and friends. They are all suffering through something each of us should drop to our knees and pray most humbley we never have to face. Ask yourself what you would most need in this moment of sorrow, and honestly, please shut up--don't speculate about what you are not experiencing or even know for certain. May the love and care of everyone who knew Farid and his family wrap them in the arms of the angel. Pray that they find peace and comfort in each other and those who care for them. Farid, you were greatly loved and appreciated as the wonderful, talented person you were; we will miss you beyond measure.
David Adam January 13, 2012 at 03:38 AM
How can you be sure that he killed himself? Did you know his intention in his heart? Better not to go in that direction. It's a tragedy, very sad indeed. Let it serve as a reminder that death is imminent.--can't escape it. 'From God we come, to Him we return.'
Arthur H. Miller January 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
The day after the memorial for this young person, I remain haunted by the sad event. Living only a few blocks away I heard a little before 7:00 am the long whistle, unusual; the sirens; and then the helicopter. When the announcement came of the barest facts, I was one who thought of railroad safety--having a cloe firend and colleague who had given Operation Lifesaver 45 min. presentations to driver's ed classes at LFHS the week before. I've heard first from people close railroad personnel the devastation to them psychologically from these happenings, not just he families. I was one of the speculators, and also heard and read here and elsewhere the concerns raised. I'm sorry that some need to feel they can control how others respond in cases like this. I hope they find peace, and at least ponder a bit, before hitting the "inappropriate" button above, and after the fact the issues relating to limiting others sincere personal expressions.


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