Lawrence man killed by train

October 3, 2013

An 18-year-old Lawrence man died Thursday morning after being hit by a train about 2:30 a.m. Jacob Shoemaker died at the hospital shortly after being struck near East 47th and McCoy streets, just north of Pendleton Pike. Police say the train conductor blew his whistle to warn Shoemaker to get off the tracks, but the man extended his middle fingers at the train and kept walking. Police say alcohol may have been a factor.