Woman Dragged, Killed By Light Rail Train

Victim Identified As Jessica Lubken

A woman died Tuesday afternoon after she was hit and dragged by a light rail train at 24th and Welton streets in downtown Denver.

On Wednesday, the woman was identified by the coroner's office as Jessica Lubken, 26.

The woman was standing in the middle of the light rail tracks, trying to get the train to stop, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

When the train stopped, the woman walked alongside it, possibly trying to board it, Jackson said.

However, because the train is not allowed to pick up passengers at non-designated stops, it never opened its doors and took off again.

"She was pounding on the side of the window," said witness Mark Candoleria. "She must have gotten hooked on the side of the train and tumbled. It drug her probably 30 feet."

The woman slipped and fell underneath the train, where she was trapped and dragged for a short distance, Jackson said.

The woman was transported to Denver Health where she was later pronounced dead, Jackson said.

The incident occurred at 1:03 p.m.

Witnesses told 7NEWS that the woman may have been intoxicated.

"She was staggering pretty good. She was under the influence of something," Candoleria said.

However, Jackson could not elaborate on her state of mind.

"The investigation is still in its preliminary stages," Jackson said.

The light rail driver stopped but appeared shaken by what happened, witnesses said.

"He was pretty scared about it," Candoleria said.

A witness told 7NEWS that he saw several paramedics performing CPR on the woman before she was transported to the hospital in an ambulance.

RTD's D line resumed service to 20th and Welton station around 4 p.m.

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