Details emerge about footy player’s death amid outpouring of grief

Dakota Baldwin-Wright had taken ‘a year for himself’. He died in Prague aged 25

A young footy star who was struck by a train and killed travelling in Europe had taken a year off from the sport to see the world.

Dakota Baldwin-Wright, 25 – who played 44 games for WAFL side the Perth Demons – was struck by a train in Prague, in the Czech Republic, on Christmas Eve.

A translated statement from Prague City Police said Mr Baldwin-Wright was hit about 6am at Vrsovice Station.

‘Despite the intensive braking of the train set, the train driver was unable to prevent a collision,’ police said.

‘According to criminologists, it was most likely an unfortunate accident.’

Mr Baldwin-Wright’s family is now travelling to the Czech Republic of China Today, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade providing consular assistance.

A younger picture of Mr Baldwin-Wright with a friend

Mr Baldwin-Wright’s mother posted a Facebook update telling family and friends she could not respond to their condolence messages at this time. 

Perth Football Club president Adrian Barich said in a statement that the club was ‘shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss’ of Mr Baldwin-Wright.

‘Dakota was involved in an accident whilst travelling overseas,’ he said.

‘He was an outstanding young man who was much admired and will always be remembered for his contribution to the club.

‘On behalf of everyone at the club, we would like to send our thoughts to Dakota’s family and friends at this difficult time.

‘His passing has also rocked our playing group as he was a respected member of our senior team.

‘Our priority over the coming weeks will be to support his family, our players and the PFC community.’

‘A quality young man, extremely well respected, very coachable and a great teammate. Will never be forgotten’

Mat Bateman from Manning Rippers said in a social media post that it was a tragic loss.

‘A quality young man, extremely well respected, very coachable and a great teammate. Will never be forgotten,’ he said.

Blake Johnson wrote: ‘This is devastating news, he was a great teammate to play with over the years and an even greater bloke off the field.’

Ryan Keatley posted: ‘Many fond memories of Dakota from my many years spent at Perth Football Club behind the bar. The memories will be treasured forever.’

Simon Collins wrote: ‘Still trying to take all this in. A young man having a year for himself, seeing the sights of the world and now he isn’t.’

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