Services are pending for Maria Mendoza, 17, who was struck by a northbound Amtrak train and killed Sunday morning.
Chief Deputy Coroner Shawn McRae said Mendoza was jogging northbound along the railroad tracks at approximately 11:15 a.m. when she was struck by the train, near Sherman Ave., as the train was nearing the Corcoran depot. The train apparently tried to slow and was blowing its whistle.
Unfortunately, Mendoza was wearing ear buds and apparently did not hear the train approaching from behind.
“This was a tragic accident,” noted McRae. “There is no evidence that the young woman meant to harm herself.”
Mendoza is survived by her parents and five siblings.
A special account has been set up in Mendoza’s name to help her family take care of final arrangements. Donations will be accepted at the local bank for the Maria Mendoza Memorial Fund, with both cash and checks welcome.
This is the third recent incident that has claimed the life of a Kings County teen struck by a train. Both other incidents occurred in Hanford; one was listed as an accident and the other as a suicide.