Woman hit and killed by train in Puya...

Woman hit and killed by train in Puyallup

There are 32 comments on the KOMO story from Aug 3, 2008, titled Woman hit and killed by train in Puyallup. In it, KOMO reports that:

A woman was struck and killed by an Amtrak passenger train as it passed through downtown Puyallup on Sunday afternoon, police said.

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Seattle, WA

#21 Aug 6, 2008
Trudy wrote:
Does anyone know who this woman was? Couldn't anyone pull her off the tracks? I drove by right afterward and heard from the clerk at 7-11 that it was suicide and that there were several witnesses. Why, for God's sake, did know one lunge her off the track?
It was my best friends mother and she is only 22 years old. It is a very sad day for all of us.
Well wisher

Salem, OR

#22 Aug 6, 2008
To the family: Our deepest sympathies to you and
your family. Hopefully some comfort will come in
knowing that your mother is in a better place now.
As far as the witnesses comments, I don't think there was any bad intent. All of us on the train
were left wondering what, why and how such a tragedy could happen. I realize it is quite selfish and an intrusion of your privacy, but at the same time, the mere fact that we were on the train placed us all in the position of being a part of this tragic event. This is said NOT to offend you, just to help you understand that we were left looking for answers. I don't believe there was anyone on that train who was not gravely concerned for you.

Surprise, AZ

#23 Aug 6, 2008
I agree with post #22. I was also on the train and have been looking for more information on this tragedy. Most of us are still deeply affected by what happened. To the family, my most sincere condolences go out to you. I know I personally will never forget what happened that day, and I will think of you often in the future.


#24 Aug 7, 2008
She was strikingly beautiful in her younger years. Yes, she had two loving children, a mom and dad, sisters, a family. Her family, children, friends and doctors tried to help her overcome her problems throughout the years. Even innocent bystanders tried to help her at the end. We all did the best we could. We pray she has found peace. Thank you for your prayers
friend of Bill W

Renton, WA

#25 Aug 12, 2008
To Kathie's children, I want to express my sympathy for your loss. Your mom really was trying hard to pull her life together at the end, and I was lucky to get to know her a little. If you have questions I might answer about those last days and weeks, you may reach me by calling Larry at Seattle Intergroup and he will give you my number. You are in my prayers ~~ Julie
Sister of Woman

Rochester, NY

#26 Aug 23, 2008
My sister was not always as she was on August 3rd. Most people where she is from (Upstate New York) cannot believe she was even involved with drugs/alcohol. But she was - for quite some time.

She had a lot of dreams and ambition, but she also struggled daily with difficulties she had from the get go. In my opinion, things were not dealt with properly, and she paid a terrible price. The drugs & alcohol were an out for her...real life was too hard for her to believe and deal with.

She was a fiercely strong-willed person. It amazes me that she gave up...she must have been in a real bad way.

Sometimesthe only way to deal with her was to disconnect. There was a really sweet person in there, but no way to get in.

We ended up disconnecting completely. I thought it would be too heartbreaking to see her children, knowing what they have lived through. I think that makes me a coward and quite a jerk, but I was in their place in a sense....My sister and I are only 11 months apart. I know what it's like. But the amazing thing....these kids are so completely awesome, I can't stand it. Seeing them after so long was about the best thing I can think of. If they could come here, I would bring them both home.

So please try to remember my sister as the young girl who came in 2nd in our county beauty pagent. The girl who could make anyone's hair look great, who wouldn't step on an ant ("he has a family, too"), who tried so hard in college (she was the only girl in our family to go to college), who was braver than I will ever be, but who sadly was not understood by those that mattered. I am glad the suffering is over for her, finally.

Olympia, WA

#27 Nov 12, 2008
Beki - Puyallup

Puyallup, WA

#28 Jun 25, 2010
Son of Woman wrote:
I believe this woman is my mother. I'm only 18, and she was only 45. Police showed up at my Father's house sometime in the evening, at that time I wasn't home. I came home around 3am the next morning when my Father told me my Mother had commited suicide after drug over-usage. He told me she was hit by a train. I'm still grieving. People please do not post false information about this, it is making me sick. Her funeral is Scheduled for noon this Thursday, the 7th. Anyone is invited. RIP Mom, I love you
You are good friends with my son. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You will always have her in your heart. Try and remember the good times. If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to let me or Jeff know. You are welcome at our house any time.(((((Big Hugs)))))
So Sorry

Santa Rosa, CA

#29 Jul 3, 2010
concerned wrote:
I work at trackside pizza right next to where this happened...a family eating inside, saw the woman sitting on the tracks as the train bars came down and the red lights started flashing, indicating that there is a train coming...and the lady did not move...so the father jumped up and ran out towards her and said.."you have to move a train is coming"! The woman then jumped up and stood right in the middle of the track with her hands at her sides...she committed suicide...I went out and looked at the tracks about 7 hours after the accident...her body was cut in half..there was still blood all over...and by the way...an 11 year old girl seen the whole thing happen..and she is tramatized...it's so sad!
This lady... was a family member of mine and we are all still shocked. We do not know what happened who saw what, who she talked to nothing. I am so sorry, so, so sorry for anyone who witnessed this.
So Sorry

Santa Rosa, CA

#30 Jul 3, 2010
M RC wrote:
I believe everyone on that train was deeply concerned for her and her family. You should pass
along that the conductors, and emergency personnell were incredibly professional, being
compassionate and respectful during the entire situation. Anything the family can pass along to those of us on board that train would be appreciated as we are left wondering why she would
do something like this that has such a huge impact
on all those involved.
I am this womans step daughter and I would 1st off like to tell you how sorry I am for this entire thing. I am so sorry for all the people who had to witness this. She was not well mentally. The police pulled her off he tracks just about a month ago and she was under doctors care and hospitilized many times. She was deeply depressed and we all struggled for many years trying to help her. Again, I am so sorry. She leaves us behind all wondering why and wondering what we could have done.
Stephanie- daughter

United States

#31 Aug 4, 2012
yep...4 years later and it still sucks.
to everyone

Seattle, WA

#32 Feb 7, 2017
Maybe the concered person from lakewood just didnt know the drug information.
But if that is what the person saw. Then that is what they saw.
The concered person in lakewood. Didnt really make any false statements.
He or she just said what they saw.
And if that is what the person saw.
Then maybe yall should ask the family member that was there why she stood up with her hands to her side? What did she say? Maybe it was a mixture of depression and drug ussage.

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