AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) - Auburn Police say a 19-year-old male was struck and killed by a train early Saturday morning. Officers responded to a railroad crossing on N. College Street just before 12:30 am.
Friends confirm Dakota Parker as the 19-year-old victim.
They found the young man unresponsive, lying between the tracks. He was pronounced dead at 1:20 am. The victim's immediate family has been notified. The case is being investigated as an accident by the Auburn Police Division, State Medical Examiner's Office, and the Lee County Coroner's Office.
Classmate remembers Dakota
Morgan Prince says growing up in Priceville, she always knew of Dakota, but they became close when they got lockers next to each other. "We kinda just clicked and ever since then, we've been really great buddies," she says.
Even with Dakota beginning his freshman year at Auburn, Prince says they remained friends. Learning of his death Saturday morning, broke her heart. "It was hard to hear to begin with, it's still hard to hear," says Prince.
Dakota loved sports. "If it wasn't baseball or football... you could always find him with a friend," she says.
Morgan says they spent many nights, talking for hours in the booth of their favorite Chinese restaurant. She says she'll remember him most for always putting a smile on her face. "He could make people laugh, how funny he is, and how goofy he is. He could brighten anyone's day," says Prince.
At this time, funeral arrangements have not been announced.