Caltrain crash victim was a Stanford student

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The person struck and killed by a Caltrain in Palo Alto on Sunday night has been identified as a student at Stanford University. 

The Vice Provost for Student Affairs confirmed in an online statement that the victim, Jonathan San Miguel, was a graduate student at Stanford. 

San Miguel was set to finish his doctoral degree in physics this spring and also served as a teaching assistant at the university. 

According to officials, San Miguel was struck by a Caltrain at the Churchill Avenue crossing. The train had 46 passengers on board and no other injuries were reported. 

“We have reached out to Jonathan’s family, friends, and fellow scholars and research colleagues in the Physics Department. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him.” — Stanford Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Susie Brubaker-Cole


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