Train hits car killing 19-year-old who was driving

Oct 17, 2011 Full story: WHAS11 79

A 19-year-old girl was killed when her car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing this weekend.

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close friend

Harrodsburg, KY

#45 Oct 27, 2011
Digger wrote:
<quoted text>And how does that make it a dangerous crossing?
I said nothing about that making a dangerous crossing I was simply stating that it doesn't have as much traffic as a crossing in town. And I'm talking about car traffic not train traffic
Samantha Vaughn

Stanford, KY

#46 Nov 2, 2011
close friend wrote:
<quoted text>
So I'm confused the first part of your post you are bashing the family and then taking up for them. So which is it?
No, The first part is someone disrespecting the family.
Samantha Vaughn

Stanford, KY

#47 Nov 2, 2011
I know the family wrote:
I know the family and I heard that she was VERY VERY bad about trying to beat trains!!!!! And besides the only reason her parents were on the news was to try and get a LAWSUIT. Yeah thats right I said it that is ALL that whole family has lived off of for the past 20 years!!!!! So all of you who feel sooooooo sorry for the family, if you really know them I wouldn't let them on my property or in my vehicle cuz otherwise if anything were to happen you will be the next one to set them back for a few years!!!!!
(My POST)HERE > : Really? what the heck is wrong with you.? You're being disrespectful and childish. They lost their daughter and you get on topix and talk about sophia parents and family. But seems funny you cant even say your real name. What they do isn't anyones business. We all live our life our own way & dont care what people think. because its our life. She was hit by a train. No one but god and sophia know what happen the day she passed away. Show alittle more respect.
Dutchy

United States

#48 Nov 3, 2011
Digger wrote:
<quoted text>
I'll ask a simple question again. If that crossing is so dangerous why is this the first accident there in as long as anyone can remember?
Digger do you have nothng else to do but use topix to claim hurtful things about young kids and there familys. If they were texting sleeping radio on talking it dose not matter when a young person loses there life its sad period wether it be car wreck, sucide, sickness , drug over dose, drowning IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT MATTERS IS THE FAMILYS LEFT TO GREIVE ! Unless you have been in one of there shoes you should keep cruel comments to yourself no matter what happens to someones child if a parent thinks they can make a change to save someone else then they have that right. I'll ask you a simple question do you have childern no matter if it was the girls fault or the train what is so wrong when someone if fighting for a safety issue !!!!!
Digger

Lexington, KY

#49 Nov 3, 2011
Dutchy wrote:
<quoted text>Digger do you have nothng else to do but use topix to claim hurtful things about young kids and there familys. If they were texting sleeping radio on talking it dose not matter when a young person loses there life its sad period wether it be car wreck, sucide, sickness , drug over dose, drowning IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT MATTERS IS THE FAMILYS LEFT TO GREIVE ! Unless you have been in one of there shoes you should keep cruel comments to yourself no matter what happens to someones child if a parent thinks they can make a change to save someone else then they have that right. I'll ask you a simple question do you have childern no matter if it was the girls fault or the train what is so wrong when someone if fighting for a safety issue !!!!!
So if someone opens up a discussion indicating that it is somehow the railroad's fault and that crossing gates must be put up, then according to you, no one has the right to disagree because that is "hurtful." Is that basically what you are saying because I want to make sure that I understand you.

For example. If someone's kid drowns in Herrington Lake, and then they go on TV advocating the draining of the lake, I have the right to say nothing because that's being "hurtful." Please clarify.
what

Harrodsburg, KY

#50 Nov 4, 2011
Digger wrote:
<quoted text>So if someone opens up a discussion indicating that it is somehow the railroad's fault and that crossing gates must be put up, then according to you, no one has the right to disagree because that is "hurtful." Is that basically what you are saying because I want to make sure that I understand you.

For example. If someone's kid drowns in Herrington Lake, and then they go on TV advocating the draining of the lake, I have the right to say nothing because that's being "hurtful." Please clarify.
What they are saying is that you are rude and disrespectful in the way that you address this matter. I mean you really must have nothing to do and no life cause I noticed you comment on every topic on here and it's always negative. I've got an idea, everyone should just ignore 'digger' and maybe he will quit commenting on everything that is not his business.
think

Austin, TX

#51 Nov 12, 2011
...think "digger" wants people to be more aware and for parents to be parents and train their children.

we must talk to our kids at all ages and make them understand danger and taking risk have lasting affects/effects on their lives. a split second of knowing the risk could save their life. always remind them....it will stick...the first time they almost do something and push back...they will be grateful to that parent. you see love is a job....it is the christian and caring thing to teach and train your kids. you play a huge role in them growing old. most kids die by being careless...a fact known by all.

God bless the family and may all the young ones use this as a lesson on what not to do!
Miss Nikki

United States

#53 Nov 18, 2011
I must say even tho i ddnt this girl i find it very dirrspectful n rude for u lame ass ppl 2 get on here n tlk bout it. U say its sad . u wana send ur condolences, but yet u puttn sum serious shit on here. Her family lost a beautiful daughter, friends lost their bestie.. N u wana tho n wat u think.. Only god n this girl knos wat happened.. If this was ur child u wuld seriously b pissed if ppl was on here sayn the things yall r.. If u wana send ur condolences do it to da family n stay da fuck off here.. I jus had to speak my mind on dis cuz i have 3 children n i kno shit cn happen but we r nobdy to judge.. Let da family grieve witout dis mess yall r causing.. God bless her family..
Truth Is

Somerset, KY

#54 Nov 18, 2011
The discussion is about the railroad crossing. No one is talking, as you say in your oh so wonderful language, shit about the girl. I feel extremely bad about what they are going through. I have lost a family member suddenly, not in the same nature, and I did not look for someone else to blame.

You can feel bad for a family and not always have to agree with what they say or do. That is not disrespectful. Why don't you just let the post go. I mean it had been days since anything was said and you wanted to come back and stir up the drama.

Get a dictionary and learn how to speak and write remotely decent, especially since you are raising three kids.
Dad

United States

#57 Nov 22, 2011
Digger wrote:
<quoted text>
So in other words it was in no way shape or form her fault. The sun was in her eyes, the lights didn't come on, the train didn't blow its horn and the tracks sit "wrong". It was something out of a road runner cartoon. The train just came out of no where.
If this was the case, and that crossing is so dangerous, why aren't people killed there on a weekly basis? I'll be dollars to donuts that she had her face buried in her phone sending or reading a text message from her bff.
I do not know you but her phone was off and while all of us speculate we don,t know what happend.. Thank you for your superior opinion ,train your's better if you can
The Facts

Lexington, KY

#58 Nov 22, 2011
Digger there was actually another person hit and killed on those same tracks a few years ago...just saying.
Scarecrow

Shepherdsville, KY

#59 Nov 22, 2011
You f**kers just won't let this go ??? Let the dead rest.
Dad

United States

#60 Nov 22, 2011
I know the family wrote:
I know the family and I heard that she was VERY VERY bad about trying to beat trains!!!!! And besides the only reason her parents were on the news was to try and get a LAWSUIT. Yeah thats right I said it that is ALL that whole family has lived off of for the past 20 years!!!!! So all of you who feel sooooooo sorry for the family, if you really know them I wouldn't let them on my property or in my vehicle cuz otherwise if anything were to happen you will be the next one to set them back for a few years!!!!!
While you profess to know us.I have my doubt's for I nor any of sophia's family has sued any one . However if you feel I am wrong PLEASE come TELL me If you know us You should know how to reach me If you feel you got the stone's ...OH I doubt you do. Sophia didn't try to beat trains she know's all to well about them ..but if you knew her you would know that STUPID!!!!!!!!MAY GOD BLESS YOU and YOUR IGNORANCE
Mom

United States

#61 Nov 22, 2011
Not stupid wrote:
While sad, it's a needless accident caused by her own bad judgements and poor driving decisions. As someone pointed out--for some reason she did not HEAR the very loud train horn that can be heard at great distances. That should tell anyone with an I.Q. above a hamster that she was either talking on the cell, texting, music up to loud, sleepy or just simply didn't care about the train coming and yet not one story, friend or family member is even mentioning that obvious fact. This is sad, but could have been avoided if she had only given the crossing it's due respect. If the sun was in her eyes, then she should have slowed down. She did not, that is a fact. The crossing there is elevated, so her not seeing it while rounding the curve is a mute point and the fact that she is from that area and has probably traveled that road before and already knew about the crossing cancels the logic in the argument that she knew nothing about the crossing being there. She is not here due to her own disregard while driving. Gates would probably not have helped her as much as a change in attitude while driving. Sadly...people do not wish to address personal responsibility for their own safety. What if she had hit someone walking and killed them? I mean if she couldn't (supposedly) see because of the sun, then what would the family be advocating? Friends and family really need to be real and address the real problem here. It's not gates or other safety devices.
While it saddens me that people whom are ignorant of "facts" still want to post comments such as these. While my Daughter Sophia was young in years...Not in the points that matter...First, this is a family of 3 generations of railroad workers..We have conductors,engineers and workers of the railroad..Sophia was very wise of Railroads..You don't know the circumstances at play that day...Sophia had drove that road for two years. She refused to use a cell while driving,She would fuss at friends and family for not wearing their seatbelts. She even had her dog seatbelted and he died with her. Trust me the state police and coroner checked her phone for just that....guess what, her last phone call was to her daddy at 10:47pm the night before...she was going to bed, we had a family hayride planned for the day she died. Her Phone was OFF that morning...Wheather it was the sun, vegitation, tress, the train was NOT visible from the direction in which she was driving...The sun was merely an added difficulty. Had the crossing arms been in place she would have stopped....and guess what...My daughter was very fearful of high rates of speed in a vehicle..for reasons you don't need to know. I could go on and on and give you the facts to dispute your comments...But I would rather end with this... My Daughter's loss was very great..and senseless. However, We do not get to choose when God calls us home...Only He holds the keys to life and death. Sophia Loved God and had made a choice to serve him. He thought it was time for her to come home....So He took her....Unless you know ALL THE FACTS...you shouldn't base your opinion of my child based on children that live around you. Every person IS DIFFERENT.. Shame on you for making such a judgement..May God have mercy on your soul and enlighten your eyes and heart. Many Prayers for YOUR family.
Mom

United States

#62 Nov 22, 2011
think wrote:
...think "digger" wants people to be more aware and for parents to be parents and train their children.
we must talk to our kids at all ages and make them understand danger and taking risk have lasting affects/effects on their lives. a split second of knowing the risk could save their life. always remind them....it will stick...the first time they almost do something and push back...they will be grateful to that parent. you see love is a job....it is the christian and caring thing to teach and train your kids. you play a huge role in them growing old. most kids die by being careless...a fact known by all.
God bless the family and may all the young ones use this as a lesson on what not to do!
Oh Woah unto you....Judge not lest ye also be judged and with mete measure....since you think you know so much about my daughter...SHE WAS RAISED IN A CHRISTIAN HOME. She was taught the Dangers of life at a very young age...given my husband is a disabled war vet....And given we come from 3 generations of "railroad" workers...I don't think she had in her pretty little head that she was going to try to "beat" a 300-350 TON TRAIN!!! Yes it would be great if we could blame Sophia for "wrong" decisions.."a young inexperienced...taking chances kind of girl"...but that was NOT SOPHIA.. How dare you take on airs and think you could possibly make comments based on FACTS THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW.... Yes Children should use this as a lesson....You can not beat such a machine..a locomotive.

But this is the better lesson...the true lesson to be learned from Sophia's experience...Children don't always trust the lights and horns and whistles on a railroad crossing..they may not be working..if vegitation blocks your view of the tracks then by all means STOP BEFORE YOU CROSS... YOU could be hit by a train. I will be praying for you and your family and fighting for the safety of your children...It is time to take a stand...for safety...If the "sun" was the only factor...It will always be a factor at that crossing....It needs a set of crossing arms.
Mom

United States

#63 Nov 22, 2011
Digger wrote:
<quoted text>
So if someone opens up a discussion indicating that it is somehow the railroad's fault and that crossing gates must be put up, then according to you, no one has the right to disagree because that is "hurtful." Is that basically what you are saying because I want to make sure that I understand you.
For example. If someone's kid drowns in Herrington Lake, and then they go on TV advocating the draining of the lake, I have the right to say nothing because that's being "hurtful." Please clarify.
I am sorry in this I do have to agree with Mr. digger. He does have the freedom of speech and by all means he should be able to share his opinion. I just feel sorry for people that make sad comments based on something other than the facts. I place blame everywhere..and yes it includes the railroad. If we teach our children "water safety" rules at an early age..then we don't have to go to such drastic measures as to drain a lake...I had a nephew that died in herrington if you really must know but our family did not advocate to have the lake drained! Brian God rest your soul. Just so you know..our family is a bunch of water dogs that do advocate teaching your children "Water Safety". So it is quite clear that you are making your opinion known...it just maybe that you are failing to see the issue .... If the sun "was" the "only" cause in the accident..if that "was" the only blame...the sun is ALWAYS going to be a factor there during specific times of the year...for the safety of our community..it is best that a set of rail road crossing arms be put in place...Please...you need to get all the facts. God speed in that.
Mom

United States

#64 Nov 22, 2011
Truth Is wrote:
I feel for the family for the loss. However, maybe the conductor and engineer in the train should sue the family. After all, the girl disobeyed the law and was on the tracks after the lights came on.(For all that don't know, it is against the law to cross train tracka after the lights come on or the gates come Down!!!) back to mynpoint about the workers on the train. They now have to live with this death, with what the witnessed. It was not just this girl involved. Two Train employees will now have to bear the fact that they took a Childs life (not easyto bear, I would think). They know it was not their fault I'm sure but it does not make a difference. The will have post traumatic stress I am sure.
Their lives will also be changes forever. Do you see them sueing and pointing fingers. Kicking people when they are down?? I for one know the railroad employees lay on the horn and if they see a car even look like it is going to cross they will blow the heck out of the horn.
I don't know the details around how it happened and NO ONE ever will but for people to be SUE HAPPY over it is STUPID!! I hope they don't get a dime!! If so, maybe the railroad employees can in turn sue them for Post traumatic stress they are having.
As a family we are quite familiar with Post-Tramatic Stress Syndrome as my husband is a disabled Wartime Veteran....And if it eases your mind...The railroad started the kicking...facts you don't know...THE TRUTH IS... You don't know if my daughter was breaking the law or not...I feel sorry for the conductor and engineer that had to witness what they possibly could have...which was not just the impact with the train they missed the rest of the show....If they saw more than the impact I would like to share with them their story from their mouths to my ears...So that I could show those men or women my sincere sympathy....For they too lost something that day.... again for facts that you do not know...and they themselves could sue the railroad for their PTSD for it is not at the "fault" of my Daughter...coming from a 3 generation family of railroad workers...We do understand and have sympathy for them and their families...because they too will suffer.

As you stated yourself you do not know the facts...because there were no crossing arms to come down and that IS MY POINT...IT NEEDS CROSSING ARMS....THAT is where my fight began...When they started pointing their finger at my daughter, I am simply showing them the facts that disable "their" claim against her.....Get the facts before you profess to know what "the truth is" God speed in that.
Mom

United States

#65 Nov 22, 2011
Hmmmmmm wrote:
Well if there wasn't the thought of a settlement then why did her dad go and see a lawyer the monday morning after she was killed???????
Opps again...Someone without a clue...The Monday morning after Sophia was killed, he had to be taken to the VA Hospital...for having a near nervous break down...WOW really...For the Limited amount of People we do allow around us there seems to be so many that claim to KNOW our family and It sounds as if they only know one in our quite large family. I should have rethought getting on this site to see "positive" comments from Sophia's friends that truly Knew her...Or from "Friends" of the family that know the Real FACTS surrounding Sophia's death...You might be surprised as to what you could learn...If you used your head for something other than useless, UNTRUTHFUL gossip..... I will be praying for you and your family...
Mom

United States

#66 Nov 22, 2011
Digger wrote:
<quoted text>
Again I will point out that I wouldn't have said a word if her mother had not gotten on TV and demanded changes be made. When she did that, she opened herself up to hear the opinions of others.
I am thankful for everyones Defense of My family and My daughter Sophia....You Must know THE TRUTH or at least part of it.... Digger...You obviously do not know much of the facts as MANY do not...Only Close Family Members and True Friends do.

I went on Television with a full understanding of the magnifying glass that would be put on my daughter and my family...The Facts are as follows....My Husband, Daughter, and myself were willing to face that magnifying glass so that.... The dangers of that crossing as well as many other crossings throughout the state of Kentucky, could receive the needed attention of their communities. That crossing is a Real danger to our community...as the community grows in that area, as well as others...Danger becomes a greater factor...due to More traffic in the area. Not only that in 2009 Mercer county and Harrodsburg schools merged and have a lavish extra large SCHOOL JUST IN FRONT OF THOSE SAME TRACKS. My fight did not begin out of desire "to make a buck"....It was to ensure that Our community is not blinded by Politics and fight with me to have appropriate measures of safety on the crossings that run through our towns. I will pray for you.
Mom

United States

#67 Nov 22, 2011
jane wrote:
<quoted text>
What difference does that make ? The train did not swerve to hit her... It's a sad story - but the rail road is not at fault . The only reason someone would seek legal aid would be to try and sue the rail road. Unless the rail road is suing the family possibly for damage to their property- which is doubtful .
Oh Jane...You are so wrong in your assement...Our original plan of action was for the safety of Our community just as I have stated hundreds of times...Hell hath no fury, like a woman scorned. You shouldn't act like a jack russell when you are facing a pit bull....Your doubts are in question...that's all I will say about that...I will pray for you too.

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