Poway teen killed while taking pictures on train tracks

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DEL MAR, Calif. — A young man who was fatally struck by a freight train while taking pictures or shooting video with his cell phone or some other type of mobile device in Del Mar was publicly identified Thursday as a 19-year-old Poway resident.

Javad Hedayarzadeh was struck and killed by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train on the bluffs north of 13th Street Saturday night, according to sheriff’s officials and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

The northbound freight train’s conductor blasted the horn and turned on bright lights, but the victim and two companions did not move away from the tracks, according to a sheriff’s department statement. Hedayarzadeh was “utilizing the camera on his mobile device” just before the train struck him at about 40 miles per hour, the statement said.

Hedayarzadeh died at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.