Death of Cal Poly student ruled suicide
January 14, 2016
A Cal Poly student who was struck and killed by a train Saturday evening committed suicide, the San Luis Obispo County coroner’s unit has ruled. In a separate investigation, the coroner’s unit has determined a transient woman who was hit by a train five days prior died accidentally.
Aaron Matthew Wolf, 19, was struck by an Amtrak train around 8:15 p.m. Saturday about a mile south of San Luis Obispo. Responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
On Wednesday, coroner’s investigators performed an autopsy and determined the manner of Wolf’s death was a suicide. The official cause of the Cal Poly student’s death was multiple blunt force trauma, according to a county sheriff’s office press release.
Toxicology results are expected to be available in six to eight weeks.
Wolf was from Martinez, California. He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Cal Poly.
The fraternity has launched a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the memorial service. The page has raised $10,065 as of Thursday morning.
“Arron was an intelligent guy who would always be able to put a warm smile on your face,” the fundraising page states. “He was very talented in a vast array of things, from playing musical instruments to beating everyone in super smash bros.”
On the evening of Jan. 4, Saralee Lua, 54, was struck by a train near The Graduate in San Luis Obispo. Lua died of her injuries at the hospital.
The Sherif’s office announced Wednesday the manner of Lua’s death is listed as accidental and the official cause is exsanguination from blunt force trauma injuries. Toxicology results are also pending in this case.
Last weekend, there were also two individuals who were struck and killed by trains in Santa Barbara County. At least one of the deaths is suspected to have been a suicide.