NEWTON, MA (WHDH) - Police have begun investigating the death of a teenage boy who was hit and killed by a Commuter Rail train in Newton.
The teen’s family released a photo of Eli Pilat, 14, who was a freshman at Lincoln-Sudbury High School.
Pilat was standing on the inbound track when he was hit.
Officials at Lincoln-Sudbury High School confirmed that the boy was a freshman at the school.
Principal Bella Wong released a statement about the incident.
“While we were just getting to know him here at LS we were already beginning to appreciate his love of music and strong sense of self-advocacy. I extend our deepest sympathy and compassion to his family during this time of grief for their tragic loss. Counseling services for students and staff will be set up starting Monday for as long as needed.”
Pilat’s mother, Erica Andrews, also released a statement.
“We, his family, want everyone to know how much we appreciate the broad outreach we have received and support offered as we grieve the loss of a dearly loved son, brother, nephew and grandson, who we loved with all of our hearts.”
Witnesses told 7News that there is a hole in a nearby fence and people cut across the tracks frequently.
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