clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Autopsy: Woman struck by Metra train in Oak Forest committed suicide

(OAK FOREST) A woman who was fatally struck by an outbound Metra train in the south suburbs early Friday committed suicide, according to the results of an autopsy.

Just after midnight, 23-year-old Christina Birkmeyer was struck by Rock Island District train No. 531 near Cicero Avenue and 159th Street in Oak Forest, authorities said.

Birkmeyer, of the 7700 block of 167th Place in Tinley Park, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:46 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy Friday found she died of multiple blunt force injuries suffered when she was struck by the train, the medical examiner’s office said. Her death was ruled a suicide.

Service was terminated for the train, which was scheduled to arrive in Joliet at 12:44 a.m. Train 533 was stopped at the Blue Island station for two hours before it was allowed to move again.