Dutchess County man identify as victim of train fatality

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MOUNT HOPE – Police identified the man who stood on commuter railroad tracks near Otisville Monday night and was killed by an NJ Transit train going from Hoboken to Port Jervis.
The victim, who MTA officials classified as a trespasser for being on railroad property, was identified as Lewis Thomas Roemer, 19, of Hyde Park.
Authorities said as the commuter train was heading toward the Otisville station at 7 p.m., the engineer saw Roemer walk onto the tracks. He did not move as the engineer blasted the train horn and stepped on the brakes in hopes of missing the man.
Roemer had a bicycle with him at the time of the incident.
No one on the train, which carried 18 passengers and crew, was injured.
MTA Police are continuing their investigation.