Victim of Fatal Train Accident Identified as 14-year-old Martinez Junior High School Student

March 3, 2014 8:53 am · 106 comments


Authorities in Martinez have identified the victim of the fatal train accident on Sunday as Martinez resident Jenna Betti.

Betti, 14, was a student at Martinez Junior High School.

Emergency crews received the report that Betti was struck by a train at 5:03 p.m. on Sunday on the railroad tracks near Old Orchard and Howe roads.

Betti was pronounced deceased on the railroad tracks and the incident remains under investigation. Authorities say she may have been trying to retrieve her cell phone from the tracks at the time of the accident.

screenshot: Jenna Betti/

Jen March 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Very sad 🙁
heart goes out to her mom & dad and siblings – the train driver, her friends her teachers, her team mates, etc.
what horrible pain to go through. would not wish this on anyone. soso sad

Anon March 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

So tragic. Condolences to her family & friends.

CCW March 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Poor kid, keep this in mind kids that your phone isn’t that important…

rkt88 March 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Sad news – RIP Jenna

Auri's Family March 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM

RIP Jenna. You are loved by many, and will be missed dearly.

anonymom March 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

RIP beautiful girl. Such a tragic loss.

Nufsaid March 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Absolutely heartbreaking. So sorry for her family and friends. A huge lesson here for parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of playing around train tracks; and for God’s sake,,,stop placing such value on a cell phone! To risk your life for it??

Suzanne March 3, 2014 at 9:18 AM

God rest this young soul, she passed too young.

NoMoreFreeRide March 3, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Very sad

teacher March 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

So sad. She was too young to die, and so tragically. My heart goes out to her, family, friends, and the train driver.

Mimi (original) March 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Is there a contact address or something where we can send cards? I did not know the young lady, but having children myself can only imagine the heart-wrenching time the family is going through right now.

captainfantastic March 3, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Stay away from railroad tracks, flood canals, high tension or power lines and for God’s sake kids, be responsible and watch out for yourselves and your friends. Tragic.

Andy T. March 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Very sad…. hopefully some good will come out of this and the other kids out there will learn from this that you should never hang out around railroad tracks…. very dangerous. My thoughts and prayers with her family and friends…. 14 is way too young to die.

dk March 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

for a cell phone… so tragic… just think we buy our kids cell phones to keep them safe, myself included. GOD I wish that she hadn’t owned a cell phone.

MTZ junior high alumni March 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM


hmk March 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Rest in peace Jenna …. Your family is in my prayers.

LLM March 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM


The Mamba March 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Just a reminder how precious life is, I hope her friends and family find peace.

marge March 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

very sad…….

Jo March 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Tragic loss… thoughts and prayers go out to the Betti family and friends,as well as family and friends of the train operators. Please let you kids know that cell phones are replaceable. I’ve told my kids to be responsible with their cell phones in all aspects but at the same token, they can be replaced. RIP Jenna Betti.

Incognito March 3, 2014 at 10:19 AM

A beautiful young lady… may she RIP.
It’s never a good idea to sit and/or hang out by railroad tracks.

Mrs. T March 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

This is so sad. Condolences to the family of this beautiful little girl.

Jose March 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

What a terrible tragedy for all involved. My heart goes out to her family, friends, and anybody else suffering from her loss.

Anon March 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Obsession with cell phones
Trespassing on the tracks
When will that parents teach their kids about the real world

MTZ Mom March 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM

This is so tragic and has sent shock waves through our little community. My daughter who is in Jenna’s sister’s class is devestated.

I feel for this family, the boyfriend – oh my, I can’t imagine what he witnessed. May he find some peace – and the train operator. How awful for everyone.

Our community will rally around this family in any way we can. Prayers to all.

iwasthere March 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Anon, = Idiot

Anon March 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Such a beautiful girl!! I’m just heartbroken for all involved. Can’t even begin to imagine what the parents’ must be going through. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. I am so sorry this happened 🙁

Anon March 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Well #24, Perhaps Operation Lifesaver needs to Visit Martinez schools and get the word out. Freeways are all fenced to keep pedestrians out, the tracks aren’t (I know that they are not going to fence off all tracks). These tracks have no activity 90% of the time making people think that they are safe.
People walk down the middle of the tracks and when a train comes up on them it’s the deer in the headlights response, that’s the only rationale I can come up with. There’s no way to make sense of an avoidable tragedy. RIP.

G March 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Anon #24

If only it were that simple. Jenna’s parents are some of the good ones, the really good ones. Some of the best people and parents you would ever have the pleasure of knowing. It may make you feel better to think that because you talk to your kids about the many dangers that are out there in the world that they won’t make bad choices that lead to tragic consequences, but that just isn’t reality. All we can do is our best and sometimes unfortunately that doesn’t always work. Blaming the parents for not teaching their kids about the “real world” isn’t just over simplifying in this case its thoughtless, disrespectful and heartless. You don’t know them and while that may be sage advice in general, in this particular case and on this particular thread its just plain cruel.

Love and heartfelt sympathy to the entire Betti family, friends, and all in the community that are devastated by the loss of this truly wonderful girl.

anon2 March 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I feel sorry for the loss of a beautiful girl, but if she saw the train coming why did she go for the phone still? I’m sorry but that was stupid of her.

What a Sad loss. March 3, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I remember kids we lost back in the 60s, it still hurts to think of them.

I'm Your Huckleberry March 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Ever see the signs on the back of vehicles that says, “This vehicle stops at all railroad crossings”? There is a reason for this, and it really isn’t that difficult to understand.

May this young woman rest in peace…

sad dad March 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

This is just horrible, prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.

Sly March 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

You must not have kids.

If you do, trust me, they do lots of things without your knowledge or permission, regardless of what an amazing parent you think you are.

I agree with #26…you’re an idiot.

Grace Strand March 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

It is so disturbing to see the negative remarks some people leave in their comments, i.e. Anon, anon2 and anyone else who has negative comments, Why would anyone with half a brain say anything negative? These parents don’t need to be blamed for anything. Try sending love and caring messages to them.
This had to be the ultimate mistake for this young girl, she was 14 years old and made a mistake. How many mistakes did you make at 14? Give the family a break they are suffering enough!!
Rest In Peace Beautiful Jenna, Prayers to you and your family!!

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz March 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

#24 – the instinct to retrieve an item left behind is strong. The thought I “have time” or “it is safe” is the thing that goes thru the mind. This young woman made a very tragic mistake. May she rest in peace and may her family and the train operator also find peace one day in the future

MB Chris & Becky March 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

We just drove right by where the tragic accident happened on our way to Ferber Saw and saw news crews all over. We are so sorry for the family and friends, and the young person who lost their life. Trains are very dangerous but there is not a lot they can do to make them any safer. It is impossible to fence in all the tracks. About all they can do, we can do is educate people on the dangers of trains. A family is going through unimaginable pain and loss right now and I think it is very important to be respectful in the media and in comments of who may be reading. It is very sad and happened very close to home in our small town.

MB Chris & Becky March 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

We just drove right by where the tragic accident happened on our way to Ferber Saw and saw news crews all over. We are so sorry for the family and friends, and the young person who lost their life. Trains are very dangerous but there is not a lot they can do to make them any safer. It is impossible to fence in all the tracks. About all they can do, we can do is educate people on the dangers of trains. A family is going through unimaginable pain and loss right now and I think it is very important to be respectful in the media and in comments of who may be reading. It is very sad and happened very close to home in our small town. Chris

Kelly March 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

My heartfelt condolences to the Betti family and all impacted by this for such a horrible loss. No family should have to lose a child.

Jim Shoes March 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

So tragic. I can’t even begin to imagine.

Incognito March 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I agree. I think it is instinctual to automatically go back to retrieve something you left behind. The difference between myself, for instance, and this young girl of 14 is, I am in my 50’s and have seen far more trains a coming than this young lady has at her young age. And, where I grew up there were trains everywhere, crossing through numerous small towns, unlike here.

Ivan the Trollible March 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Damn man. My condolences. I remember being a kid in Concord and going to Fair Oaks elementary. We lived on Mohr lane and kids would use the train bridge to cut across to the school. I don’t think trains actually ran on it then and it was definitely before it got converted to a walking bridge. (Which took a suicide to happen for some reason) Even then I thought the kids were dumb as hell crossing over on the tracks. Not that I am saying anything like that about this incident. I’m actually leading to what got me to thinking that in the next paragraph..

I don’t think this still happens but I remember when the fire department came to my elementary school in Roseville. One fireman on the stage in the cafeteria showing us what the bailing wire that can be hanging of the side of a train can do to carrots kept me off tracks for many many years. He only talked to us for 20 minutes but you know what? 25+ years later I still remember watching that Carrot get sliced like butter. Have never gone near train tracks since.

Ivan the Trollible March 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Maybe the local fire departments need to start a scared “away” instead of scared straight program. Start hitting up the elementary schools all over CoCo county. I know the cops do it but my kid has never said anything about the fire department coming.

Shiloh March 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

To those who make offhanded comments about Jenna’s intelligence or the quality of parenting she must have received: please let it sink in that this is a permanent, heartbreaking and life changing experience for this family. Your life is going on like normal today, but the Betti’s will never feel “normal” again. And I imagine it will get worse before it gets better for them and for her boyfriend. Please, have a heart.

CaliCole March 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Honestly some of these post make me sick to my stomach. This is not the time not place or ever to blame the parents or a child that is only 14. I see plenty of adults being aholes on a daily basis and making the dumbest decisions just like post #24 on here. You are heartless.

May this Beautiful young girl, who hadn’t even gotten a chance to have a full life rest in peace and may her family feel all the love, support and healing benign sent their way.

.... March 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM

So sad. My heart goes out to her and her family

.... March 3, 2014 at 2:01 PM

#24. U sound so ignorant. Shut up. I really don’t know how u could say that

Jessica L. March 3, 2014 at 2:24 PM

This is a very sad tragedy. For those of you who are calling this poor girl stupid, you guys are heartless. It may not have been the most wise decision, but when you are that young you don’t have the full knowledge of an older adult who would know better, or put more thought into these kind of things.

As a mother, my heart goes out to her entire family, friends, teachers etc.

Rest in Paradise.

MTZ Mom March 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

One of the first things I did last night after telling my daughter one of her school-mates died was to talk to her about the danger of the train tracks. I realized I had never done that.

You cannot possibly talk with your child about every eventuality. For those commenters who are questioning the Betti’s parenting skills or commenting on why Jenna would have gone back onto the tracks, you weren’t there and you don’t know. From what I know, Jenna was an extrememly well rounded young lady. Something happened. We don’t know what so to comment on it is unfair and cruel.

I would question your parent’s parenting skills to raise a child who would turn into such a cold-hearted adult.

GeeCee March 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Time and experience impart special insights. By my age they can get pretty well-honed. It only took me one look at the beautiful published pictures of Jenna to know that she was a super special person. I wish I had known her. Buoyant smiles like that and eyes that bright and lively are only the result of great genes and a very happy upbringing, trust me on that one. However people process what has happened, they should rest assured that Jenna was one special person and all that shared time with her should feel blessed to the upper limits of blessedness. In time Jenna’s family, friends and classmates will experience the deepest gratitude one can ever know, gratitude for their luck in having spent time with one so special who has ended their teachings. She was doing things that she liked to do with someone she liked to be with and left those that got to spend time with her intense clarity on what is really most important in life. God bless the best of our kids, like Jenna, who leave us so incredibly, incredibly moved and purified. Thanks to you, Jenna, for what you’ve given to me without needing to waste so much as a moment of your precious time here in the giving! I won’t forget you, as I have not forgotten others who gave so much and so well. We’ll all stumble around and try to put it in our own forms of perspective, but I think I know why you were here and why you shone so brightly. For Jenna’s friends and family, take it all in with an open heart and embrace the gratitude you will know that you never could’ve known any other way. You were the luckiest of us all.

Concorddad March 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

We all need to make sure our kids spend less time on phones etc. They have become a life line for so many kids. but sometimes they need to be off so they can be kids. So tragic! thoughts and prayers for her family and friends.

Mr. Pink March 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

@G #29. Well said, all the way around.

Stater of the Obvious March 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

You can always rely on a few members of the Claycord peanut gallery to be offensive beyond comprehension.

What a beautiful child and what a tragic accident.

Questioning her intelligence or her parents’ abilities is unbelieveably cruel and insensitive. Hopefully karmic tragedy doesn’t strike your family.

Amy March 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

too painful to see such a young person leave the world.May She rest in peace.

mamatosix March 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Such a horrific tragedy. Sending love to the family.
And comfort to that poor young man who witnessed someone he loves passing is this way. Accidents do happen no matter what. Compassion is the only answer to this tragedy.

Friend of Jenna's March 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Jenna was a great friend ill always remember how she was to me ! RIP jenna ill miss you

Mtzmomof4 March 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

My heart breaks for everyone involved in this tragedy. May god rest her soul and bring peace to all tha loved her!

Pete March 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Cell Phones are a great invention when used in emergencies. Otherwise they are a terrible distraction from real life and a huge health hazard.
Use them wisely and don’t value them with your life.

itsme March 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I cannot imagine the pain her family feels right now. Such a tragic accident. To those of you who say…..for a cell phone? Just take a minute to look back to when you were that age. You were invincible weren’t you? Nothing could happen to you. I remember putting pennies on the tracks by my house to watch the train come by and smash them. If my parents knew they would have been beside themselves. RIP sweet girl…

Walnut Creek Resident March 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

This is very bad and anyone who is blaming her folks are very mean.

casey March 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Rest in peace sweetheart. Dear family and friends, may you feel the love and concern that surrounds you from friends and strangers. May you find healing and peace.

Alisa March 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

This is very sad. My heart goes out to her family.

As far as mean statements, shame on them. Just keep in there’s a lot of really young people on Claycord. I’m only 19, but I know some people in high school (and younger) on Claycord.

You can’t expect kids to act like mature adults. Adults, they know better.

I think people assume everyone on Claycord is a mature adult. That’s not true!

smh March 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

@ anon #24 you’re dumb if you think teens actually listen to their parents. Dummy

dk March 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

why isnt this on the evening news?

Road glide March 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

This is so heartbreaking May The Lord comfort her family and wrap them in his arms rip Jenna

friend of jenna March 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

jenna im sorry this had to happen to you. i will pray for your family. i know you would’ve wanted them to be happy. also i will pray for recce. i cant even imagine what he’s going through. see you in heaven, and maybe one day we can make more memories together. we all love you.

Jennas friend March 3, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Jenna i will miss you soo much your my best friend since we were 18 months old. I love you. Rest in peace. I will never foreget you! 1-11-99 – 3-2-14

Pro Fi March 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

First of all… this is such a tragic story. What happened to this young lady was an accident. I can not imagine the pain her family and friends are feeling at this time. I am sending love and good juju to all of you.

Those of you that feel the need to publish your own PSAs every time something happens truly need to step away from the keyboard and seek professional help. Your posts are narcissistic and reveal a deep seeded need to feel important, Get off you computer and come back to the real world.

TinFoiler March 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

#64 – It’s all over the news. Google or Bing “Jenna Betti”. Even Mail online is covering it.

Wibly March 3, 2014 at 7:50 PM

This is a terrible tragedy, prayers to this girl’s family. So sorry for your loss and may you find peace in these trying days.

wildcat March 3, 2014 at 8:23 PM

My heart breaks every time I see this story. So unnecessary and tragic. Prayers all involved.

Atticus Thraxx March 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Terrible way to die. What a waste. Family must be devastated. God Bless them. Mayor you get to hearing they need help money wise to bury their child,please let us know.

RIP SWEETGIRL March 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

It is sickening to sit here and read all the blaming of the parents. We teach our kids and sometimes kids being kids do things they are not suppose to do. It is an unfortunate event that should of never happened but did. Really, if one has nothing nice to say, they should not talk at all. Think about what you parents would be feeling if it were you or you would feel, If it were your children. To me, it saddens me to think that as a human race we can be so rude and cold hearted. SMH, do not leave a comment if you do not have good intentions. She lost her life, her parents lost their daughter and our community lost a very beautiful young lady who brought smiles to peoples faces. Allot was lost and hearts are broken, try to have a heart.

casey March 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I wouldn’t demonize the phone. We all are likely to pick up something we dropped. This sweet young lady just didn’t have the life experience to understand the danger she was in. It was an accident! Some accidents result in minor damage, some major. There are no indictments to be made. RIP sweetheart. Love to the family and friends.

MTZ Mommy of 2 March 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM

#49 I had the same conversation with my 9 year old today after school. She is classmates and friends with the Betti’s younger daughter at MPE and she wanted to know what happened. So many different stories had been circulating through the school today. I explained to her, and took the time to talk to her about train tracks and safety. We live less than a mile from the accident site and I have never thought to discuss this with her, as I wouldn’t think many walk up in that area.

My heart breaks for the Betti family. My time heal your pain and sorrow. Please keep your memories in your heart, and while they will never replace your daughter or sister, may those memories bring you comfort.

Anon March 3, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Its so overwhelming trying to believe this tragic situation. My mind won’t let me process it at all. This has effected so many people.. That’s how much Jenna meant to everyone. Jenna was such an amazing girl. She was so talented, well known, caring, and extremely beautiful. Its so sad that her life was taken so soon. Im going to miss seeing her gorgeous smile. She was what every girl wanted to be. She was always being talked highly about. Its so sad to think i saw her Monday and i will never get to see the flawless Jenna Betti again. My prayers go out to Jenna, and her wonderful family. Please all remain strong. I hope peace comes soon.. and just know that Jenna is watching over all of us. Make her proud. 🙂 RIP Jenna Betti

Friend March 3, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I know Jenna’s family. The most involved, responsible parents to all 3 girls. Her mom ran for school board because she wanted to make a difference. Jenna was not on the tracks, she was too close and was sucked into the train by force. Don’t put negative judgement on people and circumstances before you know the facts. Jenna was a bright girl; this was a tragic accident.

loving mom March 3, 2014 at 11:50 PM

I am so sorry for the family and friends of this sweet angel. As a mother I had never even considered the need to talk to my children about such a situation. What are the odds of this happening. Yet it did and as a community we are called to not only be supportive to the loved ones of this Angel but to pray for them. I have now talked to my son about this and I feel his response was so telling. He asked, “but what if the train is still just coming around a corner. Children feel like they are invincible. So please. … It’s not time to place blame or judgement. It’s time to support. Again to all the loved ones. … I’m praying for you. You have a very special Guardian Angel looking down upon you.

The New Rhodesian March 4, 2014 at 12:02 AM

What a sad loss of life. May St Peter welcome her with open arms.

ANON March 4, 2014 at 2:53 AM

“It only took me one look at the beautiful published pictures of Jenna to know that she was a super special person.”

Sure– just by her good looks– if she was plain–not a big deal??

“As a mother I had never even considered the need to talk to my children about such a situation.”

Nice parenting job there–its time now

theevaluator March 4, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Mythbusters disproved the myth that trains create a vacuum that can suck a pedestrian or bystander into the tracks. If that was the case, it would happe n much more often at train stations. Doesn’t seem plausible in an open area. Now if the person was in a tunnel or standing in the area between 2 trains speeding in the opposite direction then it’s a possibility.
Hopefully this was just an unfortunate accident and a split second innatentiveness by the poor girl.
Hopefully the train has video and the authorities are thoroughly questioning the boyfriend.

Mark March 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

This tragedy is a grim reminder that parents need to be more involved in their children’s daily activities. RIP Jenna.

Anon March 4, 2014 at 8:43 AM

“This tragedy is a grim reminder that parents need to be more involved in their children’s daily activities. ”


skrab March 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Kids regularly hang out at the site where the accident happened. How do I know? My husband drives trains along these tracks.

Joe March 4, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I doubt that very few CLAYCORD.COM readers are aware of this. However, the girl’s grandmother died a very similar death (re. she was struck by a bus). This poor family has very bad luck! 🙁

@ Mark and Anon 82/83 March 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM

You are clueless, and obviously don’t have teenagers in your home. Is it possible for any parent to be with their teen 24/7? NO. Should teens be allowed to have SOME time away from their parents as they’re growing up? YES. Was Jenna a bad girl for hanging out with her boyfriend? NO. Are her parents misfits for not being attached to her hip that fateful afternoon? NO.
It was an extremely unfortunate occurrence that ANY teen and his/her parents could have experienced, nothing else.
RIP Jenna. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends.

(A mom who luckily and thankfully survived the teen years.)

@86 March 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I started to type out a reply very similar to yours, then told myself it was a waste of time because you can’t fix stupidity. Thanks for saying what I was thinking. I feel sorry for any kids those two might have.

Me March 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM

This makes me sick some people would blame the parents. I mean that is disgusting.

Anon2you March 4, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Extremely heartbreaking and sad…My thoughts and prayers go out to this young ladies family and friends. As someone who has recently lost a young family member I know all to well the impact this has on a family. I hope they take solace and comfort in the kind words and thoughts from those who knew their daughter and learn to move forward after such a tragic loss.

dk March 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM

This is very tragic. I knew a guy years ago that tried crossing a set of tracks one night where there wasn’t a crossing. His nephew was passed out in the truck. He got the truck stuck on the tracks and went to get help leaving his nephew in the truck asleep. While he was gone a Santa fe train came and ran into it. The nephew was killed instantly.

There are fences on both sides of freeways. There are fences on both sides of Bart tracks. Why aren’t there fences on both sides of train tracks? While there are fences on both sides of some tracks and it was the fault of the teen involved, there is some fault on the railroads for not fencing the tracks at least where they go through cities. I believe that train tracks should be fenced on both sides everywhere.

Granted this will still happen but at least the railroads will have done everything in their power to prevent it.

God bless you little girl !

Anon To Poster #86 March 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

To Poster #86. The above-mentioned posters are not clueless and they may very well have children of thier own. Please don’t take your frustrations out on the fact that many readers have differing opinions of last Sunday’s horrific train-related fatality (re. you view it as an “extremely unfortunate occrrence” while other readers may view it as a train-related fatality that could have been avoided). This is a reminder to all of us to be extremely careful on or around train tracks. Loving parents everywhere should share this tragedy with their children with the hope of being spared the emptiness, the pain and the suffering that the Betti family will endure the rest of their lives.

There But For the Grace of God... March 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I grew up in another state in a middle class area very much like Claycord. We were all “good kids” who sometimes did stupid things.

Why did some of my friends die and others not? There But for the Grace of God Go I. I was in cars while someone was driving drunk and made plenty of stupid mistakes, yet I lived and they did not.

I’m not the least bit religious, but I can’t explain why these things happen. Instead of looking for answers, the best we can do is offer condolences for the families involved and make sure these things don’t happen again.

Parents talk to your kids about how something like this happened. No phone is worth it. There’s a lot of judgment about how this tragic accident could have been avoided. It’s true, but these tragedies will continue to occur as long as there are teenagers and freedom.

To Anon # 91 March 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

What makes you think Jenna’s parents haven’t given her proper guidance throughout her life? I’m sure they’d taught her to not run out in front of cars, not hang out in dark alleys, etc. Of course all parents should raise their kids to be safe and make good decisions. Jenna’s decision to try to retrieve her cell phone was not the result of her parents needing “to be more involved in her daily activities.”

Response to #84 Comments March 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Skrab #84: You hit the nail on the head: “Kids regularly hang out at the site where the accident happened. How do I know? My husband drives trains along these tracks.”

Southern Pacific Railroad (I believe that’s the name of the train line), the City of Martinez and/or Contra Costa County officials all need to come together as a follow-up to this horrific tragedy to implement new deterrents, methods and/or procedures to try to avoid future tragedies like this. Our communities need to come together to create something positive out of this horrific incident (as opposed to our slinging negative comments back and forth on social media).

RIP Jenna. You will live forever in our hearts, thoughts and prayers!

G March 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

So much negativity, where is it coming from? Fear? It may be natural to want to separate ourselves from what happened so that we can pretend this could never happen to us, because we do a better job teaching our kids. So we blame the victim or the parents. So, is it working? Do you feel better about the situation after posting your judgments on them? (Rhetorical question, yet I’m sure some a$$ clown will answer in a reply) Are there lessons to be learned from this, of course. So lets learn the lessons without passing the judgement on this grieving family.

This was a parents first child, a big sister to two little girls, a best friend, a favorite student, a teammate to dozens of young soccer players, a friend to countless others and they are all grieving an immeasurable loss. Try to put yourself in their position before posting.

Wow.. March 4, 2014 at 10:42 PM

You know I think the people who have negative things to say here are sad and pathetic. You are grown and you have nothing better to do than sit here and talk bad about a 14 yr old who is no longer here and her grieving family ? Shame on you all. And parents don’t think that situations like this are going to happen. Parents are there to give you the guidance and you as a child take that and they hope you make the right decisions. We were not there when this happened so who are any of us to judge and throw out comments about anything. Do you remember your parents saying “if you have nothing nice to say, than don’t say anything at all” so keep your mouths shut. This is a horrible accident and may she rest in peace. And another thing, if your children passed away due to a wrong judgement, how would you feel if you had rude people commenting negative things about them? Keep that in mind people you start typing nasty things. You rude people are sad pathetic pieces of crap. Rest in paradise beautiful jenna. Keep smiling down on all of us

This is a blog all are welcome March 5, 2014 at 7:19 AM

For those of you telling people to shut up. Do you know the definition of a blog? This is a blog all are welcome. Everybody is sad and trying to process this. They ask themselves how could this happen? Yes she was a teen, yes it was her fault, yes she should have known better. We all know this deep in our hearts. At the same time it is so tragic, she was so young, ready to start high school next year. So sad, I drove by the site yesterday.

This is a blog all are welcome March 5, 2014 at 7:23 AM

When is her service?

@dk March 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Roads don’t have to cross freeways and BART tracks. I’m not sure how you could fence in the tracks at a railroad crossing and still allow for vehicular traffic.

dk March 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Its no too difficult, Bart does it.

anon anon March 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM

This poor thing! She probably didn’t know 🙁
The rails are 4 feet 8.5 inches wide and the locomotive is 10 feet 3 inches wide – So there’s some overhang. I’ve photographed trains for 30 years & I would watch trains after school & doing my paper route. This part about the train “sucking” you into it is FALSE, especially the train that hit this poor girl – it possibly was going less than 20mph against a yellow signal (it was following behind another train). Tests have been done, they’re not going to have trains blast through a station with people there on the platform if the suction thing was an issue. Only BNSF knows what happened based on the locomotive video camera and black box / event recorder. I would say the train hit the emergency brakes before the accident based on how fast it stopped.
Don’t fear trains – Respect them, they’re large and fun to watch, keep your distance and you’ll be safe.,3343331

#97 March 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Have you ever heard of respect? There was a death of a young girl and there are ignorant idiots on here bashing the parents. If they had been raised right they would know when situations like this happen you don’t sit here and bash the parents for everyone to see. Before you jump into this read everything. Yes it’s a blog, but if you have something rude or disrespectful to say , KEEP IT TO YOURSELF and have respect.

Just sayin March 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM


Guess what I have read everything more than once.

#103 March 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Obviously not because the people saying shut up to others are only saying it to the negative comments. This may be a blog for everyone but RESPECT something your parents should have taught you.

Kelli March 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

We’ve all made mistakes, even as adults. Noone is to blame. My heart goes out to this family. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain they are going through. They need prayers and support. Let us also not forget Jenna’s boyfriend and all that he too must be going through to have witnessed and now be living with these painful memories. Him and his family as well need support.
God Bless you all

jesssica March 9, 2014 at 6:48 PM

sorry for your loss. R.I.P Jenna
god bless you all

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