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Lily Seegobin's (19) car was hit by a train as she was attempting to weave around lowered railroad gates
Published: Apr 11, 2011 @ 5:25 PM
Lily Seegobin (19)
Apr 09, 2011
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Point Pleasant, NJ
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A 19-year-old Point Pleasant woman died instantly Saturday after her car was hit by an NJ Transit train near Monmouth Avenue, authorities said.
Monmouth County Prosecutor's Major Crime Unit Director Marc LeMieux said the teen, Lily Seegobin, was attempting to weave around lowered railroad gates when the North Jersey Coast Line train heading from Long Branch hit her 2004 Honda CR-V.
Spring Lake Lt. Gerald Preston said the department received several calls reporting the accident about 9:37 p.m.
"It appears (she) was fatally injured at impact,'' Preston said. "A witness at the time, in a vehicle behind the victim's, stated that the CR-V went around the railroad gates, which were operating properly, and was struck.''
NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said Train 4775 was en route from Long Branch to Bay Head when, at 9:35 p.m., it hit the stopped vehicle.
"All the crossing partitions, flashing signs and bells were working at the time of the incident,'' Stessel said.
The 12 passengers aboard the train sustained no injuries and were transferred, within an hour, to another train headed toward Bay Head, Stessel said.
LeMieux said the area was closed for 3 3/4 hours.
Damage to the flashing lights and gates was repaired by Sunday afternoon, Stessel said.
A 2010 Point Pleasant High School graduate, Seegobin was enrolled as a freshman at Rutgers University Business School.
"We are saddened by the loss and our hearts go out to the family. It's very tragic,'' Point Pleasant High School Principal Linda Rocco said.
"She was such an outgoing, beautiful, sweet soul,'' her former Pop Warner cheerleading coach Nicole Ann Nikola said. "It's a very sad day in Point Pleasant for anyone who knew her.''
Nikola said her daughter Kristin remained friends with Seegobin, who was a native of Trinidad & Tobago.
"Kristin is devastated,'' Nikola said. "(Seegobin) slept at our house and was pretty close to our family.''
Nikola said she knew that on weekends Seegobin was traveling home from where she was living in Newark.
The Saturday evening accident was at least the third incident involving NJ Transit coast line trains and teens since the month began. The previous one was an April 4 accident involving a 15-year-old boy who was injured as he walked along the tracks in Long Branch wearing headphones. Stessel said the first involved the death of a 17-year-old Long Branch resident who lay across the same tracks at 11:30 p.m. April 1.
The latest incident is being investigated by the Spring Lake Police Department in conjunction with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Unit and NJ Transit police.
Spring Lake Detective Tim Giblin, Sgt. Robert Zoino and Patrolman Tony Ploskonka and the Spring Lake Fire and First Aid Squad all responded. Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to call Giblin at 732-449-1234.
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