Former Kirkland police chief died in train-pedestrian accident
LELAND – The man killed when hit by a train Monday morning was identified as a former Kirkland police chief, according to LaSalle County Coroner Bill Wujek.
Stanley Smith, 55, was hit by an eastbound BNSF freight train at the crossing at 4616 E. 17th Road. He was a former police chief for the Kirkland and Leland police departments.
The coroner’s and sheriff’s offices were dispatched to the accident site around 11:42 a.m. Monday, LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office officials said in a news release. Deputies are in the process of conducting the investigation, the release said.
A cause of death has not been issued yet. Wujek said his office already conducted the autopsy and tests have been run, but it’s just a matter of waiting for results.
“It is still under investigation,” Wujek said.
Kirkland Police Chief Adam Davenport and DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott did not immediately return requests for comment from Daily Chronicle. DeKalb County Sheriff Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan declined comment.