A Lawrence resident who was struck and killed by a train earlier this year tested positive for sedatives and may have been undergoing liver failure caused by cirrhosis, according to an autopsy report filed in District Court.
The report says that 53-year-old Jeannie NewMoon died of multiple injuries from being hit by a train Aug. 12 in North Lawrence.
The train's conductor told an investigator that NewMoon appeared to be trying to cross the railroad tracks while walking beside a bicycle. According to the conductor, NewMoon was struggling with the bicycle as if the pedal was caught in the rail and didn't appear to be in a hurry even as the train whistle blew.
The report says NewMoon tested negative for alcohol but positive for marijuana byproducts and for benzodiazepines, a class of central nervous system depressants.
The report said she had a bandage covering a hole from a needle on one hand and marks on her chest from EKG pads, a description consistent with friends' statements that she had just been released from the hospital.