Brittney Silva, 18, of San Leandro, was struck by an Amtrak train near Hesperian Boulevard and Springlake Drive in San Leandro on May 19, 2014. Witnesses told police that Britany was on her cellphone and did not see or hear the oncoming train, despite their warnings. The railroad crossing arms were functioning properly at the time of the accident.
According to her family, Brittney lived in a ground floor apartment about 100 feet away and had left to go to a store. She was to graduate from San Leandro High School next month and attend college in the fall. Thought she was accepted to Humboldt State and University of California Santa Cruz, Brittney chose Chabot College to remain close to her mother and sister.
Brittney Silva’s death is the second cell phone-related train fatality of a teen in the East Bay in recent months. In March, Jenna Betti, 14, was killed by a freight train in Martinez after she tried to retrieve a cell phone she dropped on the tracks.
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