Woman hit and killed by train
Posted at: 09/08/2013 5:55 PM | Updated at: 09/09/2013 5:54 AM
A city woman was hit and killed by an Amtrak train Sunday evening and loved ones are questioning why there aren't better safeguards around the tracks.
Rochester Police Officers responded to the railroad tracks near Colvin Street around 5:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a pedestrian struck.
Investigators say the train was traveling westbound on the north tracks when a 52-year-old woman walked into the train's path and was struck. The victim was taken to Strong Hospital where she later died. Police say there does not appear to be any foul play involved at this time.
Police have not officially identified the woman, however News10NBC spoke with her family members at the scene. They say she is Patsy Hickman, a 52-year-old grandmother who was legally blind.
Relatives tell News10NBC Hickman was a loving and caring person who doted on her grandchildren and was known for her winning smile. Her family members say she had a degenerative eye disease and would wait for someone to walk her across the tracks to get to a convenience store on the other side.
Relatives complained that you can't always hear the trains until they are right nearby. News10NBC witnessed that Sunday night when another train came by.
Hickman's son says the home his mom just moved into has special equipment for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. He wonders why there isn't some sort of safety signal.
“This is a deaf neighborhood for deaf children and deaf adults, so something should have been done,” said Harris Hickman.
“She used to tell us she was scared of the silent trains. She couldn't hear them coming and she was afraid to cross. She always had me and Tiffany walk her across,” said Megan Cartwright, family friend.
“We all just witnessed what happened. She tried to walk across the train tracks. She couldn't hear that a train was coming. You just witnessed you just witnessed it as well. It was too late,” said Tashona Dove, Hickman's niece.
Hickman's family members want the owner of the tracks to build a fence to keep people from crossing the tracks, or at least a signal light warning that a train is coming. They say Hickman's death won't be in vain if helps to prevent another death.