The man who died when he was struck by a freight train in Kelso on Saturday morning has been identified as Kevlar Smith Wesson, a 47-year-old resident of Everett, Wash., the Cowlitz County Coroner's Office announced late Tuesday morning.

An autopsy determined that Wesson died from blunt force trauma to the head with multiple blunt force bodily injuries. The manner of death is listed as undetermined pending further investigation, but foul play has been ruled out, Coroner Tim Davidson said.

Train video shows that Wesson was standing in the middle of the tracks as the train approached and struck him, Davidson said. With foul play ruled out, suicide and accidental causes are the remaining possibilities.

Toxicology tests are pending and will take six to eight weeks to complete.

Davidson said Wesson had been arrested on allegations of trespassing in Woodland in late August and was released from jail within a few days.

"We don' know why he was down there," and his family had no information about his presence in Cowlitz County, Davidson said.

He did not know the background behind Wesson's unusual combination of names: Kevlar being a bulletproof fabric used in body armor and Smith and Wesson being the name of a major gun manufacturer.

Anyone with further information about Wesson is asked to report it to the Coroner's Office at 360-577-3079.

Contact City Editor Andre Stepankowsky at 360-577-2520.


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