A 14-year-old California girl was sucked under a freight train and killed as she was attempting to retrieve her cell phone from the tracks this past weekend. WebProNews reported on March 4, 2014, that young Jenna Betti was just hanging out with her boyfriend when the tragic incident occurred.
Jenna Betti was with her boyfriend near some train tracks on Sunday night when the crew of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway freighter saw them. As the train came around a bend, the crew said they saw the teenagers attempt to jump out of the way.
"Both individuals got off of the track, and for some unknown reason, one of the individuals came back on the track," railway spokeswoman Lena Kent told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The "unknown reason" was that Jenna Betti had dropped her phone on the tracks and she simply went back to retrieve it. Her mother, Dena Betti, wrote on Facebook:
"She didn't judge the approach, and the train creates a vacuum, we were told, and it sucks you in... we are beyond devastated."
Friends and family members are trying to figure out how to deal with the loss of Jenna Betti, who was just in eighth grade at Martinez Junior High School.
She was a very popular kid and a star player on the soccer team. Classmates wore pink, Jenna's favorite color, to school on Monday, in her memory. Grief counselors were also plentiful and ready to help students that were trying to deal with the loss.
Some friends have said that Jenna Betti probably ran back for her phone because she likely feared being scolded for having it run over.