One week ago, James Hubert, a 24-year-old Georgia Tech Phi Delt, was found badly bruised and beaten by the railroad tracks in Atlanta after disappearing for over 48 hours.
The story about how he ended up in a ditch by the railroad wasn’t clear. Initially thought to have been a “mugging,” details emerging now show it might have been something slightly different. Sources in Atlanta are claiming Hubert, who had just left a sorority party, attempted to jump onto a moving train from a bridge.
His fraternity nickname? 007.
A source told CBS46 Hubert, whose nickname is reportedly 007, jumped off a bridge — like James Bond in the opening scene of Skyfall– onto a moving train, believed to be a CSX train.
Apparently the entire incident was captured on surveillance video which is now in the hands of police.
Hubert was found on the CSX side of the tracks. His shoes, we are told, were placed next to his body.
CSX officials have not commented on this new information and Atlanta police aren’t saying much either, but do tell us the investigation is ongoing.
CBS46 learned family members reportedly met with police Monday night to hear about these obviously upsetting new developments.
Posts suggesting Hubert was beaten and battered have been removed from his mother’s Facebook page. Diane Hubert is not returning calls for comment.
Wednesday afternoon, Jim Hubert, James Hubert’s father, released the following statement:
“We don’t have the full story yet about Jimmy’s activities and whereabouts during the 55 hours that he was missing. It appears that he somehow got aboard a moving freight train. How he did this is unclear. What happened between his time on the train and the time he was found remains a mystery.
“Did he do something reckless? It appears that he did. Was there a robbery? Police are still investigating that. To our family, the story hasn’t changed: Jimmy is alive today because of a great group of friends who were committed to finding him. We will forever be grateful for that.
“Our priority is to focus on Jimmy’s health, and he gets stronger every day. He is also remembering more each day, and we are fully cooperating with the on-going police investigation.”
It’s possible Hubert could face criminal charges.
We’ve all done some incredibly dumb shit when we were drunk, but this one takes the cake. I’m glad he is going to fully recover, and hopefully the criminal charges aren’t too stiff, because his injuries seem to be punishment enough.
I’ll be honest, though — this is kind of badass. Hubert is now, in my book, a living legend. I’m not advocating dangerous activities, because it’s clearly a bad idea, but wow. That took a lot of balls. Even being blackout, I don’t think I could ever convince myself to jump onto a moving train.
Get well soon, 007..
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