Victim of New Jersey Train Crash Dropped Daughter Off at Day Care Just Before Her Death
The deceased victim of the New Jersey Transit train crash at a Hoboken terminal Thursday morning had just dropped her daughter off at day care before tragedy struck.
Attorney Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, was on her way to work Thursday morning when the train crashed at 8:45 a.m.
Day care director Carlos Magner told NBC News: “She was dropping off the daughter. I was closing up the stroller. We had a good talk for like a minute. And she said she was in a rush."
She is survived by her husband Daan, who was away on a business trip at the time of the crash, and a daughter. The family lives in Hoboken.
De Kroon was identified by the state medical examiner’s office. The mother was originally from Santos, Brazil, and once worked for the software company, SAP, in her native country before moving to America with her family earlier this year.
SAP said in a statement: “SAP is profoundly saddened and shaken by the news of today's train crash in New Jersey. We can confirm Fabiola Bitter De Kroon was an SAP employee with our legal department in Brazil but left our company earlier this year. We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all those impacted by today’s tragic event."
Investigators have recovered the black box that will tell them the train's speed at the moment of impact. At least 100 injuries were reported.
De Kroon, who was not on the train when it crashed, died after she was struck by debris.
The train's engineer has been identified as 48-year-old Thomas Gallagher, who was a 29-year veteran at New Jersey Transit. He has been released from the hospital and is reportedly cooperating with investigators.
Gallagher has tested negative for drugs and alcohol. Investigators will be checking his phone records to see if he was distracted at the time of the crash.