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Woman killed by Caltrain is identified
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on Jan 2, 2009
The woman killed by a Caltrain in Mountain View Wednesday evening has been identified by the Santa Clara County Coroner's office as Allison Marie Springfield, 19, of Sunnyvale.
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posted Thursday, January 1, 2009, 10:23 AM
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Posted by YouShouldKnow
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm
I witnessed a suicide attempt at Churchill and Alma earlier this year. It was also a young woman. She jumped out of the way of a Southbound train at literally the last moment. She was actually almost hit, she cleared by a split second. I couldn't believe my eyes! As soon as the train cleared, she came right back on to the tracks, circling, staring North. Exiting the tracks, entering again. She was clutching a cell phone or something in her hand I think. I thought maybe she was trying to see when the next train was coming by. Maybe she had a friend on it and was running late to meet them at Cal Ave or University. I also wondered, that was just too close, was she trying to kill herself? The light changed and I had to move, but I circled back to see if what I suspected was true. I was farther back this time but could see her once again standing on the tracks, looking Northbound. At one point, she turned, saw me staring and stared back. As soon as our eyes met I thought, 'this girl is trying to commit suicide'. I was certain. Don't know how, but I was. Something in her eyes. Light changed and I circled again. This time waiting on a side street until I could be first at the light. My thought was to really assess what I was seeing and subsequently either attempt contact with her or call the police. I had my phone open and their number on the screen. She had seen me earlier at the first light, which was long; staring at her. She saw me this time too. Our eyes met and I opened my mouth to call out to her. As the 'hey are you ok' started to roll off my tongue, she kind of rolled her eyes, flipped her hair and stalked away. Such a typical teen move, I felt relieved. She went up the bike path toward T&C. The light changed and I rolled slowly North keeping pace with her until I could see her no more. I also felt a bit foolish, figured it was just a teen caught up in some drama. I had three family members in three ICU's in three different hospitals that day, I was taking an hour out to get centered, figured it was my stress level making me automatically go to the worst case scenario...
Two days later I picked up a paper while at the bank and read 'young woman hit by train identified...' I read the article and saw by the date, time, race, age and sex of the victim it was the female I saw. She walked away from Churchill alright, went to the rarely used Stanford stop and literally caught the very next train after her dry run. I felt sick to my stomach. I still do sometimes, can still see her eyes...I felt awful I didn't call the cops (still do) but really, what would have happened? The way it all transpired it would have had to been a perfect timing thing, and what do you tell a dispatcher? 'A girl was circling on the tracks, I think she may want to harm herself'. 'What makes you think that' 'oh I dunno, just a feeling, I saw something in her eyes'. Combine that with my stress and the fact those tracks are at Paly and there are often young people milling about the tracks and well, it just all felt a bit dramatic. Hind sight is always a great educator. If there is a next time I'll call the cops no matter how stupid I feel. I feel so bad for this young woman and her family. For the Engineer. For anyone else who had to witness this tragedy. The only consolation I have is that at least because of me she left the Churchill crossing, it was daylight and a lot of people could have seen it happen and been traumatized. I read of a young girl in the back of her dads car who witnessed a similar event, she is still affected by it!
I wish that people would stop and think about what they are doing before resorting to such extreme measures. There IS help out there, even sliding scale and free, and if you can't get past thinking about yourself, try to think about how many others are affected by your actions, family, friends, rail workers, emergency personnel and random strangers at the right place, wrong time. It winds up hurting more than YOU! GET HELP!