Woman Struck, Killed by Amtrak Train in San Leandro

By NBC Bay Area staff and Bay City News
|  Monday, May 19, 2014  |  Updated 11:27 PM PDT
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An 18-year-old woman was struck and killed by an Amtrak Train Monday in San Leandro.

An 18-year-old woman was struck and killed by an Amtrak Train Monday in San Leandro.

A woman who was wearing headphones was killed Monday evening when she was struck by an Amtrak train in the vicinity of Hesperian Boulevard and Springlake Drive in San Leandro, police said.

The collision between the southbound passenger train and the woman was reported at about 5:55 p.m., police said.

Police said that when that when officers arrived in the area of Hesperian Boulevard and Springlake Drive, they found the woman about 50 yards south of the intersection. The train stopped on the tracks a few hundred yards south of the intersection, police said.

The woman, identified as 18-year-old Britany Silva, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police said witnesses told them that the woman was walking southbound along the east sidewalk of Hesperian Boulevard wearing "earbud" style headphones and as the train approached the intersection one of the witnesses yelled out to her to try to warn her of the approaching train.

However, Silva didn't respond to the witness, possibly because she didn't hear him, according to police.

Witnesses told police that the railroad's crossing arms were functioning properly at the time of the collision.

A growing memorial was seen late Monday at the scene of the deadly accident.

"My daughter was a wonderful person," said Cynthia Silva, the victim's mother. "She was beautiful. She had the whole world in the palm of her hand. She was getting ready to graduate this year."

San Leandro police Lt. Richard DeCosta said in a statement, "This is a terrible accident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim."

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