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1874 - First train out of L.A. to reach new town of San Fernando; Newhall 2 years later [story]


[KHTS] – A Santa Clarita teenager who was struck and killed by a freight train in Canyon Country Friday has been identified by officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s office.

The victim of the train-versus-pedestrian collision was 16-year-old Kimberly Jimenez-Soto of Santa Clarita, said Lt. David Smith of the Coroner’s office.

Jimenez-Soto was struck by a train at 10:20 a.m. Friday near Ruether Avenue and Soledad Canyon Road. The train came to a stop at Rainbow Glen Drive.

Initial reports indicated the girl’s death may have been accidental, as opposed to a suicide attempt. The nature of her death is still under investigation.

 

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  1. SCVNews.com says:

    From a Facebook reader: An acquaintance I know saw the entire accident from across the street and tried to yell at her to move and was unable to get to the other side of Soledad to push her out of the way, but he didn’t get to her on time. He’s pretty upset about this. He says she was in her own world and possibly wearing head phones, so that is probably why she didn’t hear it coming.

  2. This is so sad my heart goes out to her family especially her parents

  3. This is so sad my heart goes out to her family especially her parents

  4. So very sad- my daughter crosses that part of the track often.

  5. So very sad- my daughter crosses that part of the track often.

  6. So sad. Praying for the family.

  7. So sad. Praying for the family.

  8. Such a tragedy…glad Golden Valley HS is working closely with students through this. More and more it’s coming out as a suicide, prayers to her family.

  9. Such a tragedy…glad Golden Valley HS is working closely with students through this. More and more it’s coming out as a suicide, prayers to her family.

  10. Ian O Ian O'Hara says:

    Omg only 16? Such a shame

  11. Ian O Ian O'Hara says:

    Omg only 16? Such a shame

  12. Fatin Sako Fatin Sako says:

    Such a tragedy. Praying for the family.

  13. This whole town is going to hell

    • With the massive increase of people living here, and the expansion overall of the area, it makes sense that more deaths will occur. Doesn’t mean the “whole town is going to hell”. Unless by that you mean we’re all Satanists on our way to a fiery afterlife in Lucifer’s party zone.

    • Lisa Faye Lisa Faye says:

      Just so sad of the losses our lil town has experienced this past week. Heartfelt prayers to the families :'(

    • Well if you think about @jared gardner this town has so many suicides especially teen suicides. Its something about this town that drives ppl crazy or idk the boredom here in this town. All i know is thar death is our truly release

    • Mike Weaver Mike Weaver says:

      I agree I moved up here with my family because the crime rate is low but with all the new housing tracks being built crime is on its rise as well as accidents…

    • Erik Meloni Erik Meloni says:

      This town is “heaven” compared to any of the various “hells” scattered throughout the world.
      You should be thankful that a kid wandering in front of a train is one of the worse events taking place here.

    • @Erik meloni i am in hell. I had the chances to kill myself years ago but i stopped myself to do it. I have so much to live for and im doing my best to have my own version of heaven. To me teen suicide is another excuse of lack of living,cant enjoy the smaller things in life and cant handle reality.

    • Robert Soto Robert Soto says:

      Omar, that still doesn’t mean this town is going to hell. Everyone’s mind are different, everyone’s biology are different. Compared to other cities around us we should all be thankful to live in a place like this. If you want to talk about suicide rates, go to Japan. SCV, is such a good place to grow up in.

    • Robert Soto that was a great response.. this is a great town… it is what you make it.. this is such a sad tragedy.

    • This IS a beautiful city with some wonderful people. Peace begins at home…..Prayers for the family and friends affected by this horrible tragedy.

    • Patty Ann Patty Ann says:

      It’s no different now than 30,40,50 etc…years ago. The difference is we have the internet, social media…The larger the town the more things like this happens.

  14. Sandra Caipo Sandra Caipo says:

    Wow just wow! So sad prayers

  15. R.I.P LITTLE ONE , AND PRAYER’S GOING OUT TO HER FAMILY , AND LOVE ONE’S !!!!!

  16. R.I.P LITTLE ONE , AND PRAYER’S GOING OUT TO HER FAMILY , AND LOVE ONE’S !!!!!

  17. #RIP Kimberly #KimberlyForever

  18. #RIP Kimberly #KimberlyForever

  19. We’ll miss you already.

  20. We’ll miss you already.

    • arlene says:

      There may be some stained rocks, there may be some evidence of what happened that the fire department was not able to remove. Usually they remove all of their equipment.

  21. Drove by today and looks to me that the white sheet used is left there. Any reason why?

  22. Mike Weaver Mike Weaver says:

    So now there are a bunch of people standing around on the tracks.. Wow really.. I guess they haven’t learned anything from one horrible accident… How sad…

  23. Rocio Ortiz Rocio Ortiz says:

    Stephanie Cruz Ortiz

  24. Dee Gonzalez Dee Gonzalez says:

    Wasnt suicide. She was trying to catch the bus for school since the bus doesnt wait.

  25. Brandi says:

    Praying for her family. This is a heartbreak I pray I never have to face. May God bring their hearts the peace only he can

  26. Omg I just saw her in my class on Thursday and now she’s gone

  27. Victor Lopez Victor Lopez says:

    David Hernandez Edith HernandezJose CastilloEvelyn ChavezCarlos Martinez Crazzy asf

  28. So sad indeed. :'( Must’ve been earlier if she was on the way to school.

  29. Cheryl Faye Cheryl Faye says:

    Heartbreaking sending prayers

  30. Very sad. Should have not skipped school.

  31. Doug Pearson Doug Pearson says:

    That’s happened a lot due to headphones at high volume when walking on the track

  32. Doug Pearson Doug Pearson says:

    That’s happened a lot due to headphones at high volume when walking on the track

  33. Doug Pearson Doug Pearson says:

    That’s happened a lot due to headphones at high volume when walking on the track

  34. elijah vines says:

    i knew her she went to my school she was so nice to me it sad man

  35. It was probably late start, not skipping school.

  36. It was probably late start, not skipping school.

  37. It was probably late start, not skipping school.

  38. Lucy Romero Lucy Romero says:

    I saw this yesterday :( Porsche Jones Rosario R. Herrera

  39. Lucy Romero Lucy Romero says:

    I saw this yesterday :( Porsche Jones Rosario R. Herrera

  40. Lucy Romero Lucy Romero says:

    I saw this yesterday :( Porsche Jones Rosario R. Herrera

  41. Prayers for the family of this young lady. No parent should have to bury a child

  42. arlene says:

    My husband was one of the crew members on the train that struck her. He saw the whole thing and could not stop it. It will affect him for the rest of his life. He can barely function right now. His heart is broken and he is falling apart. We have a daughter the same age. Her family and friends are constantly on my mind, and in every prayer I say to God. May her sweet, precious soul rest in heaven.

  43. Incredibly sad. Prayers to her and the ones she left behind.

  44. Prayers to the family so very for there loss do very sad

  45. Zoé Bokan Zoé Bokan says:

    Sunday morning November 9 will be made one carwash to raise money for his funeral, aside from home depot, lonely canyon.

  46. She wasn’t skipping school it was a late start Friday. Very sad.

  47. I am the Team mom for GV Freshman we are doing a fundraiser for her Tomorrow at 11am to 3pm we are selling Tacos and drinks come by please so we can help the family out with money tell your friends and family thank u. Mrs.Kimberly Rivera. God bless u sweet and your family.

  48. I am the Team mom for GV Freshman we are doing a fundraiser for her Tomorrow at 11am to 3pm we are selling Tacos and drinks come by please so we can help the family out with money tell your friends and family thank u. Mrs.Kimberly Rivera. God bless u sweet and your family.

  49. I am the Team mom for GV Freshman we are doing a fundraiser for her Tomorrow at 11am to 3pm we are selling Tacos and drinks come by please so we can help the family out with money tell your friends and family thank u. Mrs.Kimberly Rivera. God bless u sweet and your family.

  50. Fundraiser at the Canyon Country park

  51. Fundraiser at the Canyon Country park

  52. Fundraiser at the Canyon Country park

  53. Coreen Smith Coreen Smith says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with her and her family god bless them all Iam so sorry for loss

  54. Coreen Smith Coreen Smith says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with her and her family god bless them all Iam so sorry for loss

  55. Coreen Smith Coreen Smith says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with her and her family god bless them all Iam so sorry for loss

  56. arlene says:

    The sheriff’s department has to investigate the witness statements, the train camera, and lots of other evidence before they can rule a suicide, intervire family, mental health history, social history. The train was blaring it’s horn non-stop. This is very, very loud. Louder than headphones. The crossing gates were down, with lights flashing. There were cars lined up at the crossing. She walked right past everything, staring straight ahead. A freight train that is so close to you rumbles the earth under your feet. You can feel it. You also have peripheral vision as you are walking up towards something. She never turned her head to look at the train crew. It was tunnel-vision … a trance.

  57. Gigi Valdes Gigi Valdes says:

    RIP and Prayers to her family

  58. May God give peace to her family and may Kimberly rest in peace. .also I pray for the frined that was with her at the Time

  59. Nice to see this community come together to help this family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace. Please everyone support the car wash and taco sale. ♡

  60. Morena Rivera. Where is the fund raiser?

  61. Andrew and I will come by Cyn Cntry Park this afternoon.

  62. This wasn’t a suicide, she was distracted by her cellphone. And she wasn’t skipping school. It drives me nuts when people judge not knowing the story. Her best friend is in my kids’ karate class and she is devastated and so is her family.

    • arlene says:

      Kim Wilcox Castruita. Nobody who was not there can speculate. Nobody can know her thoughts. Not even her family. My husband was in the train. He so distraught, he can barely speak, but what he does describe, it would be impossible for her to not see this train coming, feel it, hear it … she was not on her cellphone. She stepped right in front of it, 2 feet away.

  63. GV has double late start on 1st Friday of the month and I heard she was running to catch the bus that waits for no one . Sad for the family . Rest in peace beautiful !!

  64. this happens a lot a sad and prayer go out to the family and friends

  65. this happens a lot a sad and prayer go out to the family and friends

  66. It’s such a shame to have a life cut so short. Prayers to her and her family.

  67. Saw that, and didn’t know what was going on. Still wish I didn’t. Sad :-(((

  68. Heartbreaking. Prayers to family and friends.

  69. I was an engineer for Southern Pacific in the 70’s it was a very stressful job. Not only worried about the crew. But by hitting something. I did 4 times. That was my run from LA to Bakersfield. My prayers are with her & her family, but also with the train crew.

  70. I live close to the cross…and there isn’t a sidewalk to cross …its a place abandoned by city…

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