Ill. teen killed by train may have been 'breezing' - FOX 32 News Chicago

Ill. teen killed by train may have been 'breezing'

Posted: Updated:
MAPLE PARK, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Police in a northern Illinois village believe a 14-year-old boy struck and killed by a freight train last month may have been playing a dangerous game known as "breezing."

The name refers to the thrill some people get from standing up close to a passing train.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that Union Pacific Railroad officials provided authorities in Maple Park with video showing eighth-grader Parker Wolfsmith moments before he died on May 31.

Police Chief Mike Acosta tells the newspaper the video shows the boy approaching the train as it gets closer to a crossing. The video does not show him being struck.

Acosta says that according to investigators Wolfsmith had spoken with classmates about "breezing."

Acosta says, "It's unfortunately something that kids do."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices