Teen Hit By Train IDed as Martinez 14 Year Old

The Contra Costa County coroner's office identified the victim as 14-year-old Jenna Betti, an eighth-grader at Martinez Junior High School.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
By Bay City News

A teenage girl who died when she was hit by a train in Martinez on Sunday has been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office as 14-year-old Jenna Betti, an eighth-grader at Martinez Junior High School.

Jenna was struck at about 5 p.m. Sunday by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train on the railroad tracks near Old Orchard and Howe roads, Martinez police said.

BNSF Railway spokeswoman Lena Kent said three crewmembers aboard the train noticed the girl and someone else on the tracks.

"They both exited the tracks, then for whatever reason, she came back onto the tracks" and was hit, Kent said.

Jonathan Eagan, principal at Martinez Junior High, said Jenna was a club soccer athlete whose death has left the school in mourning.

"Honestly, right now it's a lot of shock, devastation and sadness that we're all experiencing," Eagan said.

He said some students are wearing pink today in honor of Jenna and that the Martinez Unified School District is providing grief counselors on campus today for students and staff.

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