Family of elderly man hit by train says he has wandered away before

1 decade 4 years 7 months ago Monday, August 29 2005 Aug 29, 2005 Monday, August 29, 2005 10:54:24 AM CDT August 29, 2005 in News

Schwartzkopff's son, Jim, says the family has struggled for years to keep him safe.

"About 9 a.m. I got a call, 'your dad got away from me this morning,'" Jim Schwartzkopff said.

"How do you get hit by a train?" "It's just so improbable," said Jim Schwartzkopff with dismay. "But that's what he did, he wandered down to the train yard."

Jim Schwartzkopff said his father, a WWII veteran, has always treasured his independence. He loved to take a Sunday stroll and most of the time would head down the street west, toward Federal. But for whatever reason on this past weekend, he headed east instead.

No one saw him again until police and paramedics found him beneath a train around noon. "The crew said they saw blue... then they saw hands.... at which point they pulled the emergency brake and came to a stop," said Denver Police Detective Teresa Garcia.

Given how far he traveled it's no wonder family and caregivers couldn't find Schwartzkopff for hours. He made it through Ruby Hill Park, through Overland Golf Course where he collected golf balls, all the way across Santa Fe Drive to the train tracks.

His son says both legs are seriously injured and one will have to be amputated. The injuries have doctors puzzled. They said that Schwartzkopff doesn't have injuries consistent with being hit by a train, but it appears that he was dragged for a short distance.

They say he has several surgeries ahead of him and possible complications.

About 4 million Americans have dementia. It's different than Alzheimer's Disease. Jacob Schwartzkopff's dementia is due to a series of small strokes that damaged blood supply to his brain. He was under the care of a 24-hour companion service when he disappeared Sunday.

More News

Grid
List
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with Dr. Christelle Ilboudo about recovering from COVID-19 and when it's safe for people with... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 7:53:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
ASHLAND – Thanks to a community grassroots effort, dozens of local medical workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 6:55:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Essential workers are continuing to change their usual routines in order to keep people safe during the... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 6:00:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Documents show the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department is looking for a facility to contract... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 5:58:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - If you ask Andrew Grabau, the nonprofit sector was built to help out in times of need. ... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - People around the country are facing new realities and, in some cases, a new virtual reality. Since... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 3:57:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County deputies say they are investigating a death after a man's body was found in Perche Creek,... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 903 Jefferson Street at 12:43 p.m.... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 2:51:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The state senate was back in session on Tuesday morning to consider bills covering the governor’s request for... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 1:07:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY — Prosecutors filed charges in late March against a man suspected of abandoning a corpse in Callaway County... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 1:02:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Palen Music Center was one of many businesses impacted two weeks ago by Columbia’s stay-at-home order. After the... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 12:47:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
MIAMI (AP) — Until a month ago, Diana Leticia Hernández sold face cream door to door in Miami. Her husband... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 12:24:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Working from home might cause stress if you don't have access to Wi-Fi. But early this month,... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 12:17:00 PM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 9:18:00 AM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (CNN) - The Ferguson-Florissant school district in Missouri has suspended the home delivery of meals to students... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, April 07 2020 Apr 7, 2020 Tuesday, April 07, 2020 7:52:00 AM CDT April 07, 2020 in News
Two insurers -- Allstate and American Family Insurance -- announced Monday they will give back about $800 million to their... More >>
1 day ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 11:49:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with registered dietitian Jennifer Tveitnes Monday about how to handle stress eating and keep eating... More >>
1 day ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 9:37:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
2am 65°
3am 64°
4am 62°
5am 60°