PLATTEVILLE, CO. (THECOUNT) — Paul Stephen Wakefield, of Gilcrest, Colorado, has been identified as the pedestrian struck and killed by a train in Platteville on Sunday.

Wakefield, 62, was fatally struck by a train while on foot near CanAm Hwy in the Weld County town of Platteville Sunday.


Police say, the victim, who was a pastor at Gilcrest Baptist Church, was walking near Weld County Road 34 and Highway 85 around noon on Friday when he was fatally struck by a southbound train.

It is unclear if Wakefield intentionally crossed paths with the train.

KDVR is reporting, Wakefield was arrested on Jan. 3 for unlawful sexual contact and committing a crime against an at-risk person, according to court records obtained by FOX31.

He bonded out on Jan. 4.

Wakefield was arrested after a nurse at an assisted living facility walked in on him kneeling in front of a female patient with his hands up her shirt and head on her chest. Reports say the nurse told police the woman has “cognitive communication deficit and problems with her memory,” reports said.

The investigations are ongoing.

Platteville is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 2,485 at the 2010 census. It is adjacent to Fort Vasquez on U.S. Highway 85, according to Wikipedia.

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