Archive for Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Train-accident victim identified

August 15, 2006


Police on Monday identified the person struck and killed by a Union Pacific train on Saturday as Lawrence resident Jeannie Marie Newmoon, age 53.

Police declined to release additional details, pending autopsy results.

Officers were alerted about 1:15 p.m. Saturday and found Newmoon's body to the west of the overpass above North Second Street in North Lawrence. A railroad spokesman said at the time that Newmoon apparently tried to remove something from the tracks and was struck by the 129-car train headed from North Platte, Neb., to Kansas.

The train was not disabled as previously reported, a Union Pacific spokesman said, but was delayed while police and UP officials investigated.

Loring Henderson, director of Lawrence Community Shelter, said Newmoon had experienced health problems recently.

"She was a tough, hearty individual," he said. "She was on the streets and all that goes with that. She had a lot of friends, a lot of people who were very concerned and cared about her."


Kelly Powell 11 years, 2 months ago

I knew her for years....She(?) was a not a great in peace.

geekin_topekan 11 years, 2 months ago

Jeannie could have been Joey Ramone's stunt double! spittin' image.

rpm 11 years, 2 months ago

Was this the same street gal (?) that's been around here for years, tall American-Indian(?), once had something like a Honda 350 street bike?

monkeywrench1969 11 years, 2 months ago

I remember the homeless motorcycle person you are talking about. I was never sure if it was a guy or a gal. Either way I could see how she would whoop your butt if it is the same person Harley is referring to.

monkeywrench1969 11 years, 2 months ago

I vaguely remember the hatchet thing. I did not realize that was her. Why did they say it was a guy in the earlier story or did I read it wrong.

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