On Monday morning, August 13, 2018, at approximately 05:48 AM, it was reported to 9-1-1 a pedestrian was struck by a southbound Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train (SMART) in the area of North Hamilton Parkway, Novato. First Responders were summoned to the scene and discovered the subject lifeless and unresponsive with blunt traumatic injuries present upon her body consistent with having been struck. Preliminary investigation completed by the Novato Police Department, SMART authorities and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner Division confirmed the subject was trespassing on railway property and was walking alone on the railway tracks in the path of the oncoming train at the time of the collision. No evidence of a criminal act or foul play was noted at the scene or suspected. Independent witness statements and evidence at the scene are suggestive the subject was intent upon harming herself.
The decedent has been identified as:
Marcia Eleanor FISHER, 72-year-old female residing in the Novato, CA area.
Despite an extensive and arduous search completed by the Coroner Division, unfortunately no next of kin has been able to be located or contacted. If any individual may have any additional information, please contact the Coroner Division to speak with an Investigator.
A forensic post mortem examination has been completed. The cause and manner of death will be pending the conclusion of the investigation by the Novato Police Department. No further information will be released by the Coroner Division at this time, as this is an active and ongoing investigation. Any further questions regarding the incident should be directed to the Novato Police Department.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and personnel of the Coroner Division offers our condolences to the friends of Ms. Fisher.
Roger G. Fielding, Chief Deputy Coroner