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Woman struck, killed at Charleston Road

Original post made on Aug 29, 2013

An older woman was struck and killed by a train at 7:35 a.m. Thursday at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto, Caltrain officials have announced.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 29, 2013, 8:01 AM

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

This is a tragedy. I feel for the family of this woman, but also for the 12 yr old girl who had to witness this. The image of this woman will probably follow her all the days of her life.

My thoughts and prayers go out for everyone involved.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 29, 2013 at 9:04 am

Why has my post with the Caltrain tweet been removed?

Surely getting news about Caltrain and travel delays is important news that should be shared by the Weekly? It is not insensitive to be concerned about how to get around town after a major traffic holdup.

Here is the link again.Web Link

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Posted by Town Square Moderator
online staff of Palo Alto Online
on Aug 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

Town Square Moderator is a registered user.


We didn't remove your post. There are two different threads going on this story and your post is on the other one. We'll get them merged together. We have been retweeting the Caltrain tweets ourself and have no objection to your posting it.

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Posted by Rose
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased, as well as the 12 year old witness.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

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Posted by Sorry to hear this
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

I am sorry abut this incident. When I first heard about it, I thought the person hit by the train was a student. We already had a serious attempt about a month, a Gunn 2013 Graduate. I am worry because his friends are still suffering the loss, and I am wonder if the school district is offering help to those who still at Gunn, and knew him. You know they are in classes together even if they are in different grades.

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Posted by Dear Editor,
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

I wish you would not say that the person "died intentionally." That is not an accurate depiction of what happens in a suicide. Please say "the person appears to have died by suicide." Intention is very difficult to attribute to people who are so distraught and tortured that they die in this manner. To characterize suicide as the product of intent or decision may be correct, if the individual is terminally ill, and choosing assisted suicide, but in the other instances, the individual is generally distraught, in tremendous pain, impulsive, and not thinking clearly. To call such an act "intentional" is most likely inaccurate and will cause needless pain to the family.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

It's pretty tacky to be overly-focused on students, when this wasn't a student. It's tiresome, ongoing comments about student suicide when it's NOT A STUDENT. Sheesh.

The poor woman, her loved ones, the CalTrain staff onboard and the riders. I'm so sorry.

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Posted by Kerrie
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Tough one for the 12 year old to handle.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Gunn High School
on Aug 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I wish Palo Alto Online would lock the comments on all of these suicide reports. Yes, it is important to report incidents that happen in public, but almost all of the comments that people post are insensitive or unhelpful.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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