You are here
A second teen involved in a fatal train accident has been identified as Charlie Cooper, 15, from New Lenox, according to members of his family.
Cooper went missing when two other teens were on railroad tracks on a trestle near Pilcher Park in Joliet at around 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.
The engineer on the westbound Metra train spotted the teens, applied the horn and emergency brakes, but ultimately struck two of the teens, according to Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis.
The rescue search for Cooper’s body was called off around 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, and is now being treated as a recovery search for the body being conducted by local authorities, Gillis said.
Charlie’s mother, Bobbi Zuidema, has sent a plea on social media, “begging anyone that has a boat, canoe, or just able to walk the brush and water line to help me find my son,” according to a post on Facebook.
Jacob A. Manka, 17, of Mokena, was pronounced dead at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. Manka died from multiple injuries due to being struck by the train, and autopsy showed, according to the Coroner’s Office.