Lake Forest teen fatally struck by Metra train

February 28, 2012 3:51:41 PM PST
A 15-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Metra train in suburban Lake Forest Tuesday morning.

Will Laskero-Teskoski was a freshman at Lake Forest High School. He is the second student from Lake Forest High School to be struck and killed by a Metra train in two months.

Laskero-Teskoksi was struck on the Union Pacific tracks near the 1400-block of Western Avenue. Meghan Fosth lives near that area.

"The two of us heard someone yell, 'No, Stop," Meghan Fosth said. "Didn't hear anything beyond the yelling and thought it was high school kids pulling a prank since they all park right here. This whole strip is designated where they park here and cross over."

Police say another student who was crossing the tracks in the wrong place on his way to school found the body and called 9-1-1.

"We've had kids park in our lot and we've told them no, that's not acceptable because of the danger," Ruth Krebeck said.

Police gathered evidence near the tracks Tuesday, and are still investigating the incident. They believe Laskero-Teskoski was struck by a train that left the Lake Bluff station at 7:24 a.m.

On January 9, Farid Hussain, 15, was struck and killed by a train while going under lowered gates near Western and Ryan. Hussain was a sophomore at Lake Forest High School.

Officials say the cases are not connected, but they have not ruled out suicide.

Grief counselors were called to the school to talk to students, who learned about Laskero-Teskoski's death Tuesday afternoon about an hour before classes were let out for the day.

"Mr. Hoffman came on the intercom and said like everybody is open to talk to people and counselor's office is open late today," Stanner Manley, senior, said. "Just the fact that two people have been hit by a train in the last two months, it's overwhelming."

LFHS Principal Jay Hoffman released a statement Tuesday, "Will Laskero-Teskowski was a well-liked freshman at Lake Forest High School who will be remembered as a young man who was always smiling and was happiest when he was surrounded by his friends and team mates. He was a hard worker in class, a great asset to our football team and a budding track star coming to us after a successful track career in Junior High. Will's contributions in the short time he was at LFHS will remain a part of our history. He will be missed."