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Metro: Man may have fallen on tracks

[This post has been updated]

Metro says that a preliminary police investigation indicates that a man struck and killed by a train at Minnesota Avenue Station on July 4 fell onto the tracks and that no foul play was involved.

"The man likely fell accidentally onto the tracks and was not there intentionally," Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in a statement. She said the investigation was ongoing.

Teachers and associates of the man, Joseph Doyle, 28, a rising third-year law student at William and Mary School of Law in Wiliamsburg, Va., recalled him as a bright and enthusiastic young man who had plans this summer to intern at a law firm and then travel to Spain.

Virginia Ambler, vice president for student affairs at the College of William and Mary, sent a letter this week to the "William and Mary Community" about the death.

She described Joseph Doyle as a native of Oklahoma who graduated "from the University of Virginia in 2004 as an English Language and Literature major."

"One of his faculty members described Joe as always standing ready to help, with 'a great calm confidence about him and a twinkle in his eye,'" Ambler wrote. "According to Davison Douglas, Dean of the Law School, 'Joe was a superb law student with a very bright future. He had a particular interest in election law -- he served as Vice President of the Law School's Election Law Society, worked for the Virginia State Board of Elections after his first year of law school, and had been a field organizer for Brad Carson's U.S. Senate campaign in Oklahoma in 2004. He was beloved by his friends and colleagues at William and Mary. The entire Law School community mourns his death.'

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Michael Bolden  | July 6, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
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Comments

Hmmm, sounds like it might have been someone who was more concerned with not hurting others than himself.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | July 6, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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