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Have you ever retrieved a valuable item you dropped somewhere dangerous without thinking?

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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14-Year-Old Girl Killed By Train While Retrieving Cell Phone From Tracks

by Lisa Fogarty 

A 14-year-old soccer star from California was struck and killed by a train after she tried to pick up her cell phone, which she had dropped onto the tracks, according to reports. Jenna Betti seemed like your typical young teen, hanging out with her boyfriend and shooting the breeze by the train tracks in her town. When they spotted the freight train approaching, both of them got off the tracks. But, according to a Jenna's mom, the eighth grader at Martinez Junior High School realized she had dropped her cell phone on the tracks and went back to retrieve it. Three train operators said they saw the young girl, but weren't able to stop the train in time.

Jenna's devastated mother is trying to make sense of this heartbreaking tragedy and has posted on her daughter's Facebook page that Jenna didn't judge the approach of the train and that the family was told it can create a "vacuum" that sucks you in. She also wrote that she'll never understand why Jenna made such a horrible decision.

The incredibly frightening thing about this is that Jenna did what so many of us -- or what many of our children -- might do. How often do we drop our phones or other items that are precious to us and not think twice about retrieving them because, in that moment, we only have their value in mind? I'm sure the teen figured she could quickly grab her phone and get out of danger before the train approached. It is not easy to gauge a moving train's distance when you are that close to one.

Family and friends have left flowers in Jenna's memory beside the train tracks. Her classmates, who describe her as "happy" and always smiling, wore pink -- her favorite color -- to commemorate the teen this week. Our hearts go out to Jenna's family and loved ones. I can't imagine what her parents are going through and my heart breaks for them.

Have you ever retrieved a valuable item you dropped somewhere dangerous without thinking?

by on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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anjones09
by Ash on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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No. It's not worth it. I would have left the cell phone.
TheSilence
by Remember Me on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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My heart goes out to Jenna's family but also out to the poor train operators who hit her. There was nothing they could do but I guarantee this will haunt them.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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No I haven't, thoughts and prayers to Jenna's family.
LauraBelle9812
by EmmasMom on Mar. 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM
Thoughts and prayers for Jenna's family...
lucydiamond
by LD on Mar. 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM
So sad.
Melissa_4
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM

No, but this is very sad.

KikiKia
by Bronze Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM

She was a beautiful girl and I am sure had such a bright future ahead of her.  So sad.

kaysha
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Sad
lovemysnugbugs
by Gold Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

How sad. Her poor family.

othermom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Not that I can remember. I have dropped stuff in the road, but always look before I try to get it.

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