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Blotter: Medical examiner following lead on identity of train crash victim

Medical examiner investigators are following up on a recent lead to the identity of the man hit and killed by a train Monday in south Denton. 

He was hit by a Union Pacific train about 4:30 p.m. near the crossing in the 3000 block of Roselawn Drive. 

Denton County Chief Death Investigator Troy Taylor said investigators haven't been able to identify the man through fingerprints. The man, Taylor said, could not be visually identified and did not have any forms of identification when authorities found him. 

If investigators still can't identify the man based on the recent lead, Taylor said they'll also check dental records and DNA. 

Police arrived on the scene Monday to find the train stopped about 100 yards south of the Roselawn Drive crossing. The man's body had gone under the train, Denton police said.  

A caller initially said a female jumped in front of the locomotive, but police located a man's body about halfway down the train, police said. 

Police, medical investigators take stand in Bonilla trial 

Medical examiners and Denton police crash investigators were next to take the stand Wednesday in Luis Bonilla's jury trial. 

Bonilla, 37, is accused of starting a multi-car crash on Feb. 6, 2016, while driving his Ford F-350 on East University Drive near Mayhill Road. According to a Denton police arrest affidavit, he struck a Nissan minivan while traveling between 65 and 70 mph, resulting in the deaths of 8-year-old Edgar De Luna and 11-year-old Lesly De Luna, both from Whitesboro. Another minivan passenger, a 4-year-old boy, was severely injured in the wreck.

Bonilla faces two counts of manslaughter and a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Denton police say they believe Bonilla was making a phone call before the crash.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Graves, who is one of the prosecutors on the case, said they questioned the Dallas County Medical Examiner, who performed the autopsy on Edgar, and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, who performed the autopsy on Lesly. 

Denton crash investigators testified, and a representative from T-Mobile went over cellphone records, Graves said. 

The trial is taking place in Judge Jonathan Bailey's 431st Judicial District Court.

Other reports 

3000 block of Augusta Drive — A woman said her white Ford F-350 had been stolen overnight between Monday and Tuesday from her west Denton home. 

Denton police filed a theft report Tuesday, but no arrests were made. 

2700 block of West University Drive — A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after getting change for a fake $100 bill from Which Which Superior Sandwiches, police said. 

The suspect left the store before the employee realized the bill was fake. Police later found the man and arrested him on a charge of forgery of a financial instrument and an outstanding Denton police warrant for public intoxication. 


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 886 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 27 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton firefighters handled 20 medical calls, five vehicle crashes and one gas leak.