Staff Writer

JEFFERSON -- No foul play is suspected in the death of a Conneaut man struck by a CSX Railways freight train Tuesday night, according to the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department.

Alexander Stecki, 45, was killed near the State Road crossing in Ashtabula Township, officials said. His last known address was Harbor Street in Conneaut, according to Conneaut Municipal Court records.

"It was purely accidental," said Lt. Joseph Bernardo of the sheriff's department. "(Stecki) was well-known to our department. He was known to walk along (railroad) tracks."

Detectives were summoned to the scene shortly before 9:30 p.m., Bernardo said. The train's crew reportedly contacted authorities about the accident, he said.

The Ashtabula County coroner's office is still investigating the incident, according to reports. Richard Mongell, coroner's chief investigator, could not be immediately reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Ohio ranks among the top 15 states in the nation for railroad trespass fatalities, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Thirteen trespassers died along Ohio's railways in 2005, the 13th highest total in the country. California, with 93 fatalities last year, led the nation in the somber statistic.

Across the nation, 485 people died in railroad trespass-related accidents last year, according to FRA data.

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