Bravo reality star Greg Plitt did not die because he “stumbled” on the train tracks. Sources recently reported that the fitness model was attempting to “outrun” a train for an advertisement until he was struck. Read on for further details.
The 37-year-old Plitt, one of the most familiar faces in the health and fitness industry, was filming a video with two assistants for his official website before the Metrolink train struck him on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Burbank, according to friends and authorities.
Investigators believed that Plitt must have thought the train would go the opposite track. They explained that it could be difficult to point out which set an approaching train is on.
Shortly after declaring that investigators were still unsure about how Plitt died, law enforcement officers confirmed to TMZ on Monday, Jan. 19,2015, that Plitt was trying to outrun the train.
Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten declared that Plitt’s film shoot had no permission to use the railroad.
“We have a whole process for people to go through if they want to be on our right-of-way, especially for film crews,” Lustgarten told LA Times.
Investigation still continues to identify who told Plitt and his crew to film an advertisement. Witnesses told the authorities that Plitt was still standing on the tracks despite the train’s loud warning.
According to LA Times, Plitt’s girlfriend Christina Stejskal said her boyfriend “was just trying to get the best shot.” She described Plitt as a person who always desired to “push things to the limit.”
“He’s just like Superman,” Stejskal told LA Times.
Plitt’s longtime friend Warren Coulter witnessed the accident. He had known Plitt for 15 years.
“It was just a freaky moment where something got out of control,” Coulter said.
According to the Associated Press, Coulter described Plitt as a military ranger who jumped off airplanes more than a thousand times. He remembered the reality star as a person who “had a taste for the extreme” but was respectful and caring. He admired the abilities of his deceased friend.
“This isn’t anyone who ever took a nap,” Coulter told the Associated Press.
Plitt’s crew told Coulter that the fitness expert “misjudged” the possible risks of the situation. The fitness guru “tripped” and “fell” before the train hit him.
The Baltimore native Plitt lived in Los Angeles for more than 10 years. He was in more than 200 magazine covers, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and Bravo’s “Work Out” and “Friends to Lovers.”
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