Relatives say Chesterfield train death ruled an accident

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - New information about the young man who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train. Relatives say his death has been ruled an accident.

Aubrey Weese's wife Amber says there were two trains headed in opposite directions on Saturday and Aubrey was getting out of the way of one when he was hit by the other. 

It was only months ago on Mother's Day, Aubrey found out he was going to be a dad.

Iraq War vet, Aubrey Weese, would have started 2011 a new father. His newlywed widow is due to give birth to a baby girl January first.

"He would have been one of the best fathers there were," said Amber Weese.

The 20-year-old married Aubrey five months ago. Sunday, she helped police identify his body through pictures of his tattoos.

"We just couldn't believe it," Amber said.

Amber says a combat injury left Aubrey hard of hearing.

"When they found him he had his Ipod earphones in," she said. His body was recovered 300 yards from the tracks near Strathmore Road.

"The first train blew a whistle and there were two coming in either direction, and it was 100 yards off -- if he could have even realized one was coming there would have been nothing he could have done," she said.

Four hours earlier, Aubrey posted on Facebook he was bored. His relationship status: complicated. 

Amber last spoke to her husband a couple weeks ago. His sister, Alicia, says she talked to him two hours before the accident.

"He was upset, of course, but there wasn't any irrational thinking," Alicia Weese said.

Alicia say her baby brother was hard-headed and stubborn, but a good person.

"Crazy, spontaneous, [and] loving," she said.

Amber says was excited about having a daughter -- so much he would carry ultrasound pictures in his wallet.

"It's a big shock and a great loss because he was a great guy and a wonderful husband," she said.

Relatives say they were told by detectives the conductor will not face charges. They are planning a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

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