Technology has undoubtedly made the world a more convenient place to live, but can also become a distraction from real world problems, or even immediate danger.
An 11-year-old Florida girl has lost her life after being hit by an Amtrak train while crossing the tracks, according to PIX 11. The train’s engineer told investigators that the girl, identified as Yazmin White of Haines City, had earbuds in her ears and was looking at her cell phone when the train hit her. He reportedly tried to brake and blew the horn multiple times, but White never looked up.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, just a few hundred feet from her family’s home.
“She certainly didn’t hear the train or she wouldn’t have walked up on the track,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “The engineer blew that horn solid for probably a quarter of a mile.”
The train, with 12 passenger cars and two locomotives, was traveling at 68 mph at the time of the accident.
Judd went on to say there have been at least five young people struck by trains in the area while listening to music.
“You don’t die when you’re 11 years old, you’re teflon, you’re going to live forever,” Judd said. “The absolute last thing she thought about was being run over by a train.”
He added that his words shouldn’t be taken as a condemnation of the young victims.
“It rips our heart out. That could be our child or grandchild, just as easy.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.