Corbin Lee Valdez, 23, walked toward the Amtrak train on Sunday and didn’t get out of the way, despite a conductor sounding the horn several times, according to Durham police investigators.
He was killed about 12:20 p.m. by a train bound from Raleigh to Charlotte as it passed over a trestle on Neal Road in Durham.
Valdez last year was arrested in Southern Pines on burglary and larceny charges. He served about five months in prison, from April to September 2013. It’s not clear what brought him to Durham.
In other news:
- On Dec. 31, someone broke into a home in the 400 block of Pearson Drive and stole $12,430 worth of jewelry, computers, sports memorabilia, tools and cash.
- Javonnie Deshawn McLean, 21, of Weldon Terrace in Durham was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault and assault by pointing a gun. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $10,000 bond.
- Christopher Sydney Soons, 27, of Vermont was arrested Tuesday and charged with failing to report an accident and driving while impaired. He was released from the Durham County Jail after posting $7,000 bond.
- Eugene Hanks, 25, of Jackson Street in Durham was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, assault on a female and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $2,500 bond.
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