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Brightline train victim helped the homeless in Boynton Beach, family says

Police say Jeffrey King went around the crossing arms on his bicycle when a Brightline train struck and killed him. (WPEC)

Family members of a man hit and killed by a Brightline train remember him as a loving and caring man who helped the homeless.

They're also asking for an investigation into the functionality of the safeguards with the high-speed train which began service less than a week ago.

Police said 51-year-old Jeffrey King rode his bicycle around the downed crossing gates as the train approached Wednesday night.

"He was a loving caring man, he made coffee every morning and carried it down to the homeless people here in Boynton Beach," said his mother.

His sister said King didn't have a mean bone in his body and that he loved his mother and family deeply. She also said King volunteered at the Caring Kitchen for many years.

An attorney for the family wants a review of the Brightline safeguards and plans to call on leaders in Washington to help.

The family spoke outside Troy's BBQ in Boynton Beach where King worked.

Brightline issued this statement Thursday afternoon:

The safety of Brightline’s guests and on the railroad is the highest priority for our entire team. The safety systems are designed to prevent and protect people from incidents like those that occurred in recent days. Those systems functioned as intended. Our focus is on expanding our efforts to educate the community about rail safety alongside our partners at Operation Lifesaver, Tri-Rail, local law enforcement, city and county officials.
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