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Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Metrolink Train in Dana Point Identified

Authorities say by all indications and witness accounts, Billy Brotherton, 54, of Capistrano Beach stepped in front of a Metrolink train Wednesday evening.

A man who was struck by a Metrolik train shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday night in Dana Point has been identified as Billy Brotherton, 54.

The death occurred about halfway between the San Clemente Metrolink Station and the San Juan Capistrano Depot, next to the campground at Doheny State Beach at 5:10 p.m., authorities said.

According to Jim Amormino, spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Department: "After talking with numerous witnesses who were near the scene, investigators have ruled the incident as a suicide. They say he deliberately stepped in front of the train that was heading Northbound near Dana Point."

Brotherton is married, Amormino said.

Trains were diverted for several hours on Wednesday, he said, which is a common practice when something like this happens.

Amormino said. "It does happen from time to time. Suicides are part of every day society and some people choose that method to escape."

Sandyinviejo October 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
RIP poor soul. It breaks my heart to think that one can feel so lost that this is the only option. Life is so precious and tomorrow may just be the day that everything turns for the better.
Kate Little October 12, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I would like to know more about what the eye witnesses saw actually, what if that was not the case at all? The article says..."investigators have ruled the incident as a suicide.".....yaaaaa that could have been anything. If it be any case, RIP and I hope that his family find strength and comfort even though they don't know the real reason he passed on.
Deborah Preble October 12, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I loved Bill, he was my dear dear friend I am heart broken just deveststed I just saw him and talked to him yesterday. I loved him and will miss him every day of my life. God bless his family.
gary hausdorfer October 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Bill Brotherton was my friend and my trainer for more than 10 years. This is truly a tragic ending to a special life. We spent countless hours together discussing a wide range of topics. I could never imagine he was so troubled. It is just shocking. I know I, and all of his friends, never knew he was hurting so much. I just wish we could have had one more conversation. Bill will be missed. Gary Hausdorfer
Chris Pelisssero October 12, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I was on that train. This is the first time I read this article and found out his name and that he was married. I got to know everyone on that train since we were together for the next four hours. We all wondered what could cause someone to do such a thing. I pray for his family. I am married with four children and I spent a lot of time thinking about how a loss like that would affect them. If anyone is thinking about doing this, don't. Your family and friends love you and God loves you. Now matter how bad things get there is always a way. I know. I've been there.
Ken Cheng October 17, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Rest in Peace Bill :( Ken Cheng
Victoria October 18, 2012 at 09:00 PM
My partner of 21 years commited suicide last year,completely unexpected as well.I didn't know Bill at all,except that he ended his life in front of my home,leaving me with the vision and aftermath of his trauma.I was compelled to open my Bible, in front of me was Psalms 39 . I began to read the scripture aloud... above the body,not really knowing why, and still don't,because I didn't know Bill.Since his death, strange things have occured on the tracks,exactly where he perished, that I have witnessed almost daily.I discussed this with a therapist who informed me that I was sufffering from a type of trauma. Then something unexplained occured..a spirit came in to my session, it said he was Bill.He was very personable and pleasent,he imediately began to joke around... kinda of making fun of himself and what a stupid thing he did .He wanted me to know he was a big guy and was very healthy,he said at that moment he was confused. He regreted his horrible decision,yet NOW understands why.He is at peace now, he then said , "please tell my wife I miss her and I am sorry".Well... I don't know his wife, and really haven't a need to contact her...he said tho, some how .....some way, try and let her know, and thanked me.Rest in Peace now, please. Thank You
Terese October 20, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I have known Bill and his beloved wife (Kristi) for many years, I knew each of them before they ever met, I was elated when the two of them found each other and married....although I haven't seen them much in the last few years other than around town, grocery store, etc., it brings me great sorrow to hear of this devastating news. Bill, was a gentle giant, a sweet kind man, always a kind hello and hug. His wife Kristi, is a wonderful warm hearted person. My heart goes out to her. I'm very saddened and my prayers go out to Kristi and Bills parents and their families....and for Bill, may you be at peace now. : ( Terese
Terese October 20, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I have known Bill and his beloved wife (Kristi) for many years, I knew each of them before they ever met, I was elated when the two of them found each other and married....although I haven't seen them much in the last few years other than around town, grocery store, etc., it brings me great sorrow to hear of this devastating news. Bill, was a gentle giant, a sweet kind man, always a kind hello and hug. His wife Kristi, is a wonderful warm hearted person. My heart goes out to her. I'm very saddened and my prayers go out to Kristi and Bills parents and their families....and for Bill, may you be at peace now. : ( Terese
charlotte October 27, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Bill was a gem in my eyes. I feel so very blessed to have spent time with him and will never forget his warmth, optimism, encouragement, and chuckle. You will be sorely missed, my friend. <3 Avatar
Kristi Hugstad November 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Hi Victoria, I'm Bill's wife, Kristi Hugstad. Would like to meet you as your story has made quite an impact on my life. K.hugstad@cox.net
Kristi Hugstad December 11, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Thanks Chris, Bill's dad was also on that train,,, I know it's hard for all aboard, but can't express to you the grief and guilt of his 80 year old father,, coming to help.. Kristi
kristy armijo December 11, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Kristy Armijo Kristi is one of my dear friends, and pilates instructor. Since Bill's death, I am blown away everytime I see her by her strength. Although Bill's death was so tragic, and it is heart breaking and troubling to know that someone could be in such a miserable state, I am grateful for Kristi's strength and courage to enlighten us regarding steroid use, and the detrimental long term side effects. I am a single mother of two very talented athletes, both boys, ages 11 and 5. My older son has been playing sports since he was 4, and has always been one of the mvp's of what ever sport he is involvede (football, lacrosse, soccer, etc.) . Now my youngest is showing the same ability on the soccer field. Although they are both on the tall side, they are both extremely lean, not thick at all. It is my fear that once sports become more competitive in high school, they face the pressures of steroids, or other related substances in effort to enhance strength and muscle mass. I believe that somehow great things come from tragedy, and I hope to see Kristi's story regarding Bill to be an educational tool to those who aren't aware of how life threatening steroid use can be, and the life long effects it will have on one's well being, not to mention fatal. I am so sproud of her strength, yet so sorry for Bill's pain, and Kristi's pain as she is left behind.

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