Authorities identify man killed on BART tracks near West Dublin-Pleasanton

Coroner had difficulty finding family to notify; BART PD classifies incident as 'unattended death'

The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau on Friday confirmed the identity of the transient man who died after being hit by a BART train on the tracks between the Castro Valley and West Dublin-Pleasanton stations earlier this month.

Victor Hernandez Cardenas, 37, succumbed at the scene to multiple blunt injuries after being struck while around the tracks at about 11:15 a.m. Dec. 10, according to authorities.

Coroner's officials reported having difficulty locating next of kin for Hernandez Cardenas to notify, a required step before a fatal victim's identity is released to the public.

BART police have not confirmed why the man was on the BART tracks or how he gained access that morning.

"Police are classifying this as an 'unattended death' and believe the decedent entered the BART right-of-way of his own volition," BART spokesman Jim Allison said on Friday, explaining that "unattended death" is police terminology for a case when a person is alone when they died. "No further information is available."

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