14-Year-Old Girl Killed By Train While Retrieving Cellphone From Tracks

A 14-year-old soccer star from California was struck and killed by a train after she tried to pick up her cellphone, which she had dropped onto the tracks, according to reports. Jenna Betti seemed like your typical young teen, hanging out with her boyfriend and shooting the breeze by the train tracks in her town. When they spotted the freight train approaching, both of them got off the tracks. But, according to Jenna's mom, the eighth grader at Martinez Junior High School realized she had dropped her cellphone on the tracks and went back to retrieve it. Three train operators said they saw the young girl but weren't able to stop the train in time.

Jenna's devastated mother is trying to make sense of this heartbreaking tragedy. She has posted on her daughter's Facebook page that Jenna didn't judge the approach of the train and that the family was told it can create a "vacuum" that sucks you in. She also wrote that she'll never understand why Jenna made such a horrible decision.

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The incredibly frightening thing about this is that Jenna did what so many of us -- or what many of our children -- might do. How often do we drop our phones or other items that are precious to us and not think twice about retrieving them because, in that moment, we only have their value in mind? I'm sure the teen figured she could quickly grab her phone and get out of danger before the train approached. It is not easy to gauge a moving train's distance when you are that close to one.

Family and friends have left flowers in Jenna's memory beside the train tracks. Her classmates, who describe her as "happy" and always smiling, wore pink -- her favorite color -- to commemorate the teen this week. Our hearts go out to Jenna's family and loved ones. I can't imagine what her parents are going through and my heart breaks for them.

Do you worry about your kids making dangerous, impulsive decisions like this?


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nonmember avatar Idaly

How tragic. A lapse in judgement can cause you your life. Unfortunately, teens have more than their fair share of those moments. It's important to remind out kids and sometimes even ourselves that stuff is just that. Stuff.


My heart hurts for her family & friends, especially her mother.  So sad.

lasombrs lasombrs

That's terrible. I left my keys on my roof once and they fell off in a super busy intersection. I watched for a while and then decided it would never be safe to get them

youth... youthfulsoul

We've been watching this story unfold since the night it happened, as it's in the next town over. It's horrifying.  Not only did I have the conversation with my teens, but it was the topic of conversation in their high school as well. If any good can come from this, it's brought the topic to mind for many teens who hopefully won't put themselves in a similar situation.

My heart goes out to the family and to her young boyfriend who witnessed this tragedy. 

jinxmom jinxmom

My heart breaks [sigh].  Prayers for the family

nonmember avatar Kristi

So very sad. One dumb mistake = a tragic outcome.

nonmember avatar Loudprayers

May her soul rise to the highest plane. I'm so sorry for such a loss

Aamy Aamy

Im sorry for the families loss but wow ........ Yes because trains can stop eaily or jump tracks to avoid someone ....... Why did she not think to WAIT till the trian was gone to get a stupid cell phone. 

Aamy Aamy

Goes to show how choices can be bad, What she has put her family through AND what she put those train operators through. They now have to live with this. Parents, plse raise your kids with some brains. 


Stephanie Miracle

natural selection. if that phone was more important than her life she obviously had her priorities wrong. I feel for her fam but i mean...i agree with aamy

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