Why would anyone do that? The question may forever be totally unanswered, but video taken from cameras installed at a South Salt Lake TRAX station showed all crossing signals and barriers were working properly. They also showed something else: Contreras-Rivera's head was down in the moments before she was struck and killed by the train.
While the video was not clear enough to determine if she was texting or otherwise occupied with her cell phone, that is the suspicion, at this point.
Incidents similar to this are why Fort Lee instituted its new law. There had been three deaths and 20 accidents in Fort Lee related to pedestrians and texting already this year, prior to the enactment of the law.
In terms of their new law, Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli said, of texting, that “It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going; they are not aware.”
Fort Lee police have issued 117 of the $85 tickets since they began enforcing the law. After a short grace period in March during which time the police handed out educational pamphlets, then began enforcement.