Cause of death of man killed by train in Puyallup amended as accident

Staff writerDecember 22, 2013 

The death of a man killed by a train this month in Puyallup was an accident, not a suicide as it was initially ruled, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday.

Bryan Boisvert, 27, died from blunt-force injuries Dec. 8 when a Seattle-bound Amtrak passenger train hit him about 9:20 p.m. near Fifth Street Northwest and West Stewart Avenue.

The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the death certificate had been amended to reflect that the death was an accident, but it was not clear Sunday why the death was initially ruled a suicide by the office, which said information about the investigation beyond what is on the death certificate is confidential.

“Nothing indicated suicide to us,” Puyallup Deputy Police Chief Dave McDonald said. “We also believe it was accidental. That he didn’t intend to kill himself with the train.”

Police provided video footage and other additional information to the Medical Examiner’s Office after the initial ruling, McDonald said.

He said police do not have a witness who was with Boisvert and that he did not have further details to release Sunday about the circumstances of the accident.

Multiple family members contacted The News Tribune after the initial report to say they did not believe Boisvert’s death was a suicide. They said officials had not contacted them directly about the initial ruling and that it had been traumatic to first learn about it by reading The News Tribune.

According to an obituary on the website of Tuell-McKee of Puyallup Affordable Cremation and Funerals: “Bryan loved sports and the outdoors, and spent time camping and fishing. He loved to bowl and play poker, baseball, softball, and wrestle, and loved following the Seahawks. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.”

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