NAVASOTA, Texas — The mother of a 19-year-old Texas woman says her daughter was killed when she was struck by a train while having photos taken of her on the tracks in a bid to launch a modeling career.
Hakamie Stevenson told The Eagle newspaper that her daughter, Fredzania Thompson, attended Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, but wanted to put her education on hold to begin modelling.
Authorities say Thompson was standing between two sets of tracks Friday in Navasota when a BNSF Railway train approached.
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She moved out of the way of the train but was apparently unaware that a Union Pacific train was coming in the opposite direction on the other tracks and was struck.
The person who was taking photos of Thompson was not hurt.
The 19-year-old was four weeks pregnant, her fiancé Earl Chatman told KAGS.
"It's really tough right now because we all needed her in our lives. She made everybody's day every time you saw her with that beautiful smile," he told the broadcaster.
Chatman set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her funeral.
With files from Emma Prestwich