UPDATE 6/23/13 @ 10:15 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Family and friends gathered at Winfield High School Sunday evening to remember Tyler Kincaid, a student at West Virginia State University who was killed early Sunday morning.
The Putnam County Sheriff said Kincaid was walking along Hedrick Road in Scott Depot, W.Va. just before 3 a.m. Sunday when he crossed the tracks. Deputies said the conductor of the train tried to slow down and alert Kincaid but still hit and killed him.
At Sunday’s vigil, his friend Christian Watts said he got the awful news while he was golfing.
“You feel for his family. I mean, with everything that happened with his brother last year, now this, it's been a tough time for Winfield and especially the Kincaid family,” Watts, who is also friends with Tyler’s brother Dusty, said.
In March 2012, Dusty Kincaid went through emergency surgery after being hit in the head with a baseball. Then, the community came together to support him and his family. Now, they’re doing the same thing.
“Just to see this whole community come out and support, it’s like we're family,” Watts said.
Barrett Arnold, a former teammate of Kincaid’s on the Winfield baseball team, said he was feeling butterflies.
“It's like a bad nightmare,” Arnold said.
Arnold said Kincaid was a natural leader on the team.
“Having a bad game, he’d come up to you and just, everything would go away,” Arnold said. “It’s just a different change to know that he’ll never be in the dugout with you again.”
Kincaid’s friends say he wanted to become a state police trooper or DNR officer.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident. Kincaid’s body is being autopsied by the medical examiner.
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The Putnam County Sheriff tells WSAZ.com it happened along the tracks in Scott Depot about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Deputies say Tyler Kincaid was walking on the tracks between Hedrick Road and Joyce Road when the train hit him.
The train was heading West and the conductor signaled, blew the train whistle and even braked to slow down, according to deputies.
The Sheriff says Kincaid is from Winfield and is the brother of former Winfield High School student Dusty Kincaid. Dusty suffered critical injuries after getting hit by a baseball while pitching in 2012.
Family and friends are planning a candlelight vigil and prayer service for Tyler Kincaid at 7 p.m. Sunday. It will be held at the high school.
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