CLIFTON, Va. (AP) — The mother of a 13-year-old girl struck and killed by a commuter train in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., says “it was nobody’s fault.”
Reyhan Safoglu of Burke, Virginia, died Wednesday after being hit by the train while hiking with her 21-year-old brother and 13-year-old cousin.
The young teens were walking on a bridge when the train approached, police said. The boy was able to jump out of the way, but the girl was struck, authorities said.
The teen’s mother, said she doesn’t want her son, the girl’s cousin or the conductor to blame themselves for what happened, WTOP reported.
“It was nobody’s fault,” Emel Safoglu said, according to The Washington Post . “It was just her destiny … I think this was her day to go.”
Safoglu says the girl’s brother wrapped his sister’s head in his T-shirt and tried carrying her to a car before calling his mother.
Reyhan, a seventh-grader, was an honors student who played several sports. She also was a member of the cheer squad and a choir and taught herself how to play the ukulele.
“It was almost like she knew her time here on earth was short,” her mother said.
Investigators said the Virginia Railway Express train hit the girl. There were no reports of injuries among passengers or the train’s crew.
This story has been corrected to reflect that the girl’s brother was not on the bridge when the train approached.