Man hit by RT train in Rancho Cordova is identified

SACRAMENTO – A man died after being hit by a Sacramento Regional Transit train in Rancho Cordova Tuesday morning.

Sacramento Police Department spokesperson Norm Leong said the man was hit by a light rail train as it approached the Zinfandel Station around 7:17 a.m.

Preliminary findings indicated the man walked into the path of the oncoming train, Leong said.

Emergency response crews transported the man to UC Davis Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

Wednesday, the Sacramento County coroner released the man's name as Benjamin Lee Smith. He was 42.

Initial reports indicated Smith was struck while riding a bicycle, but Leong said investigators now believed the man was walking with his bicycle.


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