EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man riding his bike home from work home to his family died after being hit by an Amtrak train Thursday night.
Investigators say Aaron Daywitt, 49, tried to cross the tracks near 8th and Hilyard Street when the train came by.
Friends describe Daywitt as a family man and one who was deeply-rooted in his community. Those who knew him have been stopping by to drop off flowers on the tracks where he lost his life.
Daywitt was married with 4-year-old twin girls. He was a mortgage officer at Alpine Mortgage Planning for several years. His colleagues spent Friday morning sharing memories of Daywitt and grieving together. They say he was an experienced cyclist and started riding his bike to work five years ago.
“He’s like, ‘I just want to do loans, and I want to ride my bike to work, and I want to take my time getting up in the morning and spend time with the kids.’ It was really important to him to be healthy,” said friend and co-worker Todd Zimmerman.
Friends say safety was important to Daywitt while cycling and that this is just a very tragic accident. Police say Daywitt was wearing headphones when he crossed the tracks.
Daywitt was very involved in the community. He was a former offensive coordinator for the Willamette High School football team.
A fund has been set up to help Daywitt’s wife and twin girls. If you would like to donate, checks can be made out to Alpine Mortgage Community Cares and brought to their location at 1200 Executive Parkway Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401.