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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009 10:00 pm

A 17-year-old Lodi girl was struck and killed by a train just south of Lodi Station shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, according to Lodi police.

Monique Garcia was walking from Main Street to meet her friend, Nicole Lamiohan, 21, of Stockton, at Lodi Station when the tragedy took place.

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45 comments:

  • posted at 7:11 am on Tue, May 5, 2009.

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    This story surely emphasis that "when it is your time". Doesn't make sense how you can be hit by a train otherwise.

     
  • posted at 3:17 pm on Fri, May 1, 2009.

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    I pray for her family. Sad it happened. God Bless Her and Her family. From now on, why don't people take into account the fact that they are responsible for their actions. Do NOT blame someone else when you jump in front of a bus, it is YOUR fault. Sorry for the loss, but the Railroad is not at fault! Just as the border is not at fault because people will always cross the wall and swim the river. Some live, some die. Sorry to be callous, but this is reality.

     
  • posted at 2:57 am on Thu, Apr 30, 2009.

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    lthizzin2005 wrote on Apr 29, 2009 8:42 PM:"who cares what the signs say or dont say"....This is an article about whether a "FENCE" might help deter people of any age from Carelessly or Recklessly" Endangering their lives crossing Railroad tracks at locations not designated. And your answer PROVES to us all, that regardless of the law you will violate the law to go where you wish! Giving the finger to the laws meant to protect everyone, endangers those who INTENTIONALLY disregard it!We NEED to care what warning signs say because they are POSTED for an important reason: "To SAVE lives"!

     
  • posted at 3:42 pm on Wed, Apr 29, 2009.

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    to all the people who are writing about what the law says or what she was doing wrong it doesnt matter, she was my friend and accidents happen she was a sweet person and didnt deserve it. who cares what the signs say or dont say she lost her life so atleast you can do is show a little respect. RIP baby girl il miss u.. we all will..

     
  • posted at 2:14 pm on Wed, Apr 29, 2009.

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    WUTz WRNG WiTH U PEOPLE DO U NOT HAVE A HEART NO MATTER WUT SHE DiDNT DESERVE TO DiE AND SHE DiDiNT DESERVE TO GO THA WAy SHE DiD. PEOPLE TWiCE HER AGE WALk ALONG THE TRACkZ AS WELL PEOPLE CROSS THEM EVERyDAy U HAVE NO RiGHT TO TALk WRONG ABOUT HER BASED ON HOW SHE DiED. SHE WAS A BEAUTiFUL PERSON INSiDE AND OUT HAVE SUM SYMPATHy FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEiR DAUGHTER SiSTER NEiCE KUZiN & GREAT FRiEND. RiP MONiQUE..& THTz WUT U ALL SHUD LET HER DO iS REST IN PEACE.

     
  • posted at 8:45 am on Wed, Apr 29, 2009.

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    I double checked before this post and ye, There IS a Railroad Property, NO TRESPASSING sign NEARBY where she died!

     
  • posted at 2:46 am on Tue, Apr 28, 2009.

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    Topic1:It’s so typical to cast blame on everyone else but the one at fault. It comes down to common sense. She made a poor decision, period. The discussion in this forum would be exactly the same if the article was about a kid (and sadly some adults too) stepping out into the crosswalk without stopping or looking for cars. Some of these kids have the audacity to take their sweet time crossing the street, knowing full well you are waiting for them to hurry across. It’s the attitude and disrespect (and major lack of common sense) is what disgusts people. Here’s a new concept: stop, look, THINK! Both circumstances yield the same result. The “negativity” some of you are complaining about in this forum is a result of activity being so prevalent nowadays. Topic 2:My condolences to friends and family of the victim.My condolences to the train engineer having to deal with this.

     
  • posted at 4:50 pm on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    I'm so sorry for Monique's family and friends. She sounds like she was a wonderful girl.At some point, a review of the safety risks posed by unrestricted/ minimally restricted access to the train lines may be in order. However, this is not a good forum to second guess, and be critical of a recently, tragically deceased young woman. It is disrespectful to the family and to Monique's memory.

     
  • posted at 1:57 pm on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    IT IS SO SAD THAT WE LIVE IN A UNKIND WORLD!!AT THE TIME OF SO MUCH PAIN ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY IS SUCH HURTFUL THNIGS BUT LETS HOPE YOU DON'T FEEL THIS SAME PAIN SOON!!

     
  • posted at 1:31 pm on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    At a time like now, we should all be praying for this family, not making ANY negative comments. I personally do not know any of you, but would like for you to know my prayers are with you during this difficult time. My prayers are also with those who have posted any negative comments. Why would anyone think this is the time to place blame or criticize. This was a child who made a mistake. THINK how your comments are affecting the loved ones who are suffering. I did not read 1 negative comment here that could be of any value to this family. Please, lets think of the family at a time like this.

     
  • posted at 11:26 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    4AStrongLodi, there's no code in them words. Welcome to the 21st century!T&C, that train's evil and got a mind of its own.

     
  • posted at 11:20 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    rissa wrote on Apr 27, 2009 12:24 PM:" OH MY GOSH PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA HOW HARD IT IS TO DEAL WITH THE DEATH OF OUR LOVED ONE AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO TRY AND THAT SHE IS AT FAULT.."Let's try to look at both sides of a terrible situation rissa! The victim was trespassing on Railroad property... that is a criminal offense! That is what the crossing at Lodi Avenue and Pine Street are for, do you not agree? To keep people on foot SAFE! I am sorry she is dead, but others including her friend are alive to make better choices in life! With every loss of life due to deaths with trains a 100% innocent picture is painted for everyone when in truth, to die on foot from a train, the person...NOT THE TRAIN made a mistake. The end of the platform is no where near Either Railroad crossing!

     
  • posted at 11:11 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    Crossing train tacks at any other point then a LEGAL Railroad Crossing is a CRIME! No one, not even family members can dispute this FACT! No one is disputing that this girl Heard The Train before she was struck! No one is disputing the fact that all she had to do was Wait for the train to pass! To be so CLOSE to the Engine that she tripped and fell and was killed is sad, but we also need to keep in mind that life's lesson's are often times come with a High price! Please people, teens or adults...cross legally and quit trying to BEAT the TRAIN!

     
  • posted at 10:55 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    I really have a problem understanding how someone could trip on the LAST track. Why wouldn't you wait for the train to pass before trying to cross. The last track language implies that she was almost across the track. Maybe the high schools should start taking children on field trips to teach them how to safely cross the track. Such things as STOP, LOOK and LISTEN. Or did someone push her and we are just not being told. This makes no sense.

     
  • posted at 9:58 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    WHY IS IT SO EASY FOR PEOPLE TO BE SO NEGATIVE WHEN AT TIMES LIKE THIS WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTIVE!!!! THINK OF IT BEING YOUR CHILD.... YOU WOULDN'T LIKE PEOPLE TALKING ALL THIS MESS IF IT WAS ONE OF YOURS!!!! SO TAKE BACK ALL THOSE STUPID THINGs SAID ABOUT MONIQUE SHE WASN'T THERE TO KILL HER SELF!!!!GET IT RIGHT SHE WAS THERE TO MEET HER GIRL!!!! IF YOU HAVE NOTHING NICE IN LIFE TO SAY KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED AND YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF!!!!MONIQUE WAS A WONDERFUL GIRL!!!!SHE DID NOTHING WRONG IN LIFE TO NO ONE!!!!

     
  • posted at 9:46 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    We were at the hospital the day of the tragedy. It was so sad to see all of you in pain from the loss of a daughter, grandaughter, sister, cousin and neice. From my family to yours our prayers are with you.

     
  • posted at 9:45 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    OMG! Where did some of these posters learn to write, spell and type???Is this some sort of code that I don't know?Way to go LUSD!

     
  • posted at 9:08 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    rip monique u wer a good friend and now your in a better place..

     
  • posted at 8:22 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    I'm so sorry to hear about Monique. My prayers are with you all. Michelle

     
  • posted at 7:24 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    OH MY GOSH PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA HOW HARD IT IS TO DEAL WITH THE DEATH OF OUR LOVED ONE AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO TRY AND THAT SHE IS AT FAULT IS THERE ANY SYMPATHY AT ALL.......WELL MY LUVH NO MATTER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY I KNOW ITS NOT HOW IT SEEMS AND WE ALL LOVE YOU AND NEVER WILL YOU BE FORGOTTON R.I.P MONIQUE

     
  • posted at 6:46 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    Thanks Ross.

     
  • posted at 6:42 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    iM VERy LUCky TO HAVE KNWN HER SHE & i HAD Uh RUF START BUh SMOOTHD THiNGS OUT. WE WERENT THA CLOSEST OF FRiENDz LiKE i WiSH WE WUD HAVE BEEN ALL iN ALL iM STiLL GUNNA MiSS SEEinG HER PRETTy FACE & SMiLE AROUND TOWN. SHE WAS AN AWSOME PERSON WHO NEVER LET ANYONES DOWN TALk GET HER DOWN SHE ALWAYS KEPT A SMILE ON HER FACE AND HER HEAD HELD HIGH ALWAYS STAYED REAL & DIDNT LET PEOPLE PHASE HER & FOR THAT MONiQUE U ALWAyS WiLL BE uH TOP NOTCH BZ iN MUh BOOk.iMA MiSS U REST iN PEACE PRETTy GiRL....

     
  • posted at 6:30 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    As a viewer of the young adults in the Galt, Acampo Lodi corridor, i have heard the train whistle over the internet often. The video broadcaster and cell phone user , just say they are unaware of the train horn. Asking the youth of what they thought of this accident; they said things like WT. OMG why .. gah why! and they ask me how did i hear this news? I tell them the newspaper. Let us keep safe our Youth...... To COUSIN TIFFANY FITZHUGH, and family members and the youth in her life: Peace be with you all: To Edith and other internet users that are shocked and sorrowful, bless you for your prayers. To Ross Farrow ; you have given this story reality of death, a real face to an unfortunate tragedy, and the need of us to be protective of one another and the value of life. BOMBOVA Vancouver Canada

     
  • posted at 6:28 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    This is so very sad, my thoughts are with the family, that I knew years and years ago, Ray, Janie and Martha. Too young to go. She was very beautiful....Shannon Cain

     
  • Ross Farrow posted at 6:02 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    Weezer: The Lodi Police Department had very little information on the accident on Sunday. The information about Monique Garcia tripping on the tracks came from her friend who witnessed it, not the police. I am following up on your questions and other details.

     
  • posted at 5:08 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God is blessed with another angel. Jennifer & Oscar Gutierrez

     
  • posted at 5:08 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    Lets see who can we blame, the city of Lodi? the railroad co.? the packing shed? because we sure can't blame the the person trying to beat a train crossing the tracks. jeesh People need to start being responsible for there own actions.

     
  • posted at 4:42 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    I am very sorry for your lose....I work at the cherry plant right now for the season,and have for many years.I have witnessed people being hit by these trains when im at work. This happens every year 2 or 3 times!!! I agree that the lpd our Mayor Hanson should make the cherry plant put up a fence from the south end of the building to lodi ave.Yeah they will cut holes in it,but its a start.All the kids cross right there at walnut st. Something as simple as a fence would save many lives.Its better than doing nothing!!!

     
  • posted at 4:19 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    My sincere condolences to this family. Rest in peace Monique Garcia.

     
  • posted at 3:55 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    An event as this is so sad and my heart goes out to the family, but the facts are if you tangle with a large piece of metal - you will always lose. What she was doing so close to the tracks with a train coming is simply beyond me.To answer questions about railroad safety see:http://www.uprr.com/she/safety/agencies.shtmlhttp://www.oli.org/All you have to do is ask and these organizations will be there with a safety presentation to your school or organization. In fact, any town (such as Lodi) with trains running right through the middle of them should also have an on-going safety awareness program.

     
  • posted at 3:51 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    TO 1143 THAT ASKS IF THIS WAS A TEEN SUICIDE......NO IT WASNT!!!! MY COUSIN WAS HAPPY, AND THERE TO MEET A FRIEND, NOT TO KILL HERSELF!!!! SHE TRIPPED IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.... AND FOR ALL THE REST OF YOU PEOPLE WHO WANT TO ACT LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPEND, OR CALL ACCIDENT VICTMS IDIOTS...JUST DONT!!! WE THE FAMILY DONT NEED TO READ YOUR NEGATIVE REMARKS AT A TIME LIKE THIS...COMMON SENSE!!!!!!!

     
  • posted at 3:41 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    TO MY FAMILY....IM SO SORRY FOR OUR LOSS. MY COUSIN MOMO IS TO YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD TO TAKE HER FROM US. SHE IS LOVED BY ALL AND HER BEAUTIFUL SMILE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.....I LOVE YOU MOMO......YOUR COUSIN TIFFANY FITZHUGH. REST IN PEACE BABY GIRL!!!!! OUR FAMILY AND HER FRIENDS ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS

     
  • posted at 3:33 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    this is so SAD ! Raymond , Tammy, Janie & Family I am so so sorry for thelos of your beautiful daughter ! your all in our prayers !!! DeeDee F

     
  • posted at 3:28 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    Mad Dog, if railroad companies would "fund" a program to educate the public to "stop, look & listen," we might as well ask Starbucks and everyone who sells coffee to fund a program about educating the public that the morning coffee that they order is hot.Common sense, buddy.

     
  • posted at 3:24 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    I feel so sad that this has to happen.But, I've got two words that keep coming back to me: common sense.Ross Farrow, did you get information as to how much time lapsed from the time "she tripped on the last track," fell forward with her hand on the cement platform, to the time that a northbound train hit her?

     
  • posted at 3:24 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    This is a very sad incident, but if she tripped and fell and was hit that quickly, then she obviously knew the train was close. I understand epople wanting bariers, but BART has them due to the high voltage on the tracks.

     
  • posted at 3:24 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    While such a story is a tragedy for all parties involved, especially immediate blood relatives, I wonder if she did not look both ways before walking on the tracks or if she had a device (MP3 player) that prevented her from hearing the train?

     
  • posted at 3:15 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    The train had several intersections to blow its horn in town before it even got to her. There was fair warning. But what stands out in my mind is that she tripped and didn’t even have enough time to get back up and move. That means that train was already close. What the hell is she thinking if the train is that close? Unfortunately, this death won’t be a wakeup call for the remaining idiots crossing the tracks dangerously.

     
  • posted at 2:53 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    This is tragic and my heart certainly goes out to the family. Nevertheless- I just can't get behind any lambasting of the railroad in these cases. A train is certainly not like a silent electric Prius. The ground literally shakes as they approach. The old adage of "Stop! Look! Listen! must be drummed into kid's heads like my parents did to me.

     
  • posted at 2:52 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    School kids in the A.M & P.M. cross the Railroad tracks at the Rear of the Cherry Packing Plant at S.Main St. and E. Oak EVERY DAY, and LPD and the Railroad people don't seem to have an issue with that! People RUN across this same area EVERY DAY in their RUSH to catch the Stockton RTD Bus from Morning to evening! That area should be FENCED off from the Cherry Plant to Lodi Avenue, but of course we all know that won't happen!

     
  • posted at 2:43 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    Very, Very Sad event for the family.....one that many of them will never get over.Could this have been a teenage suicide, rather than a error? It seems these things happen way too often.

     
  • posted at 2:32 am on Mon, Apr 27, 2009.

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    I feel for the family but when are people going to learn? How many times do you see people step off the curb and walk right in front of you when you're driving. It's mostly kids but I have seen grown adults do the same thing. When I learned to walk it was drilled into my head that you LOOK before crossing. What happened to that philosophy? Trains have been around since the 1800’s. You didn’t win trying to beat a train then and you still don’t win today. You don’t need fences, people just cut holes in them and cross anyway. I know it’s a hard concept but, THINK before you step in front of a train or a car.

     
  • posted at 11:27 pm on Sun, Apr 26, 2009.

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    well witnesses that were with the victim at that time, my question would be for *

     
  • posted at 11:26 pm on Sun, Apr 26, 2009.

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    Mad Dog there have been plenty of news stories alone in this paper to teach about track safety. My question is though for the victim if she crossed the tracks at the guards as she was supposed to or was she gambling with her life by crossing where she wasn't supposed to cross?Doesn't matter how many safety videos, news stories or deaths happen, people still cross the tracks illegally...I see it all the time at the Lodi Station. Tovar mentions BART in the Bay Area having barriers, which is partially true/untrue, but the main reason for the barriers is for the deadly third-rail which is nothing but solid voltage. Some areas don't have barriers, some do.People just need to cross the tracks at the crossings, that way they won't get hurt, its common sense...something that most people lack when it comes to the tracks.

     
  • posted at 10:29 pm on Sun, Apr 26, 2009.

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    This is a tragedy for all involved....including the train engineer and crew. How much public education is done in Lodi regarding teaching people to stay away from the tracks? Do the railroad companies fund any programs in the schools regarding safety?

     
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