Pair of fatalities sadden Downriver

Sunday Times Newspapers

A pair of recent deaths to young men has hit the Downriver area hard.

Daniel Tomes and Josh Owens recently died in Melvindale and Riverview.

Owens, a 25-year-old Trenton resident and 2003 graduate of Lincoln Park High School, died about 8:20 a.m. July 10 in Riverview after being struck by a train near Colvin and Electric, south of Pennsylvania Road. Officials said they believe the death was either an accident or a suicide, but it still is under investigation.

The death came just three days after Tomes, a 24-year-old Redford Township resident, lost control of his motorcycle and struck nearby construction equipment, causing Tomes to be thrown from the bike. The crash occurred about 3 a.m. July 7 on northbound I-75 near the Fort Street-Schaefer Road exit.

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