A Thurston County man who was struck by a light rail train in Seattle while he was on his way to the Mariners home opener April 8 died at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday night.
Duane "Ranger" Heier, 62, was taken off life-support Tuesday night, his friend, Louie Balukoff, confirmed Wednesday. Heier was a co-owner of the Steamboat Island Nursery.
Heier and two friends all share early April birthdays, and annually attend the Mariners home opener with a group of friends, Balukoff said.
According to the Seattle Police Departments blotter, Heier was crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Way South near the intersection with South Henderson Street about 5 p.m. April 8 when he was struck by the light rail train. Heier was trying to reach the light rail train that would have taken him to Safeco, according to a friend.
South Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray has said that the operator of the light rail train employed his emergency braking system to try to stop the train in time, but could not. The operator did everything he could to stop, Gray said last week.
A donation account is being set up at the local Twin Star Credit Union to help with funeral expenses. Information on the account will be posted as it becomes available.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 email@example.com