A man who stepped off the platform and in front of a Metra express train in downtown Riverside on March 7 reportedly had been released earlier that day from a hospital where he’d been taken after an incident last month in Lyons.
On Feb. 25, Arthur C. Smith IV, 49, of Stickney, was taken to MacNeal Hospital by Lyons paramedics, who were called to Ogden Avenue to treat a “distraught individual.”
At that time, Smith reportedly told emergency personnel that he wanted to kill himself by jumping in front of a train. Paramedics took him to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, where he remained until March 7 at 1:30 p.m., when he was released.
Police say Smith walked from the hospital directly to the Riverside train station, where he wrote a suicide note before stepping in front of the train at about 2:50 p.m.
“My condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Smith,” said Riverside Police Chief Tomas Weitzel in a press release. “The Riverside Police Department stands ready to assist the family in any manner we can.”