Fil-Am dies of injuries after train station accident
A Filipino-American mechanic died in a hospital last week after he was pinned between the platform and the train at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on 4th Street Mission in San Francisco, reports said.
A report on CBS San Francisco said Hayward resident Jeff De La Fuente slipped off the platform as a train was approaching some time after 6 p.m. last January 4. He died two days later.
A separate report on SF Gate said the station was shut down to rescue De La Fuente, who was described as "alert and talking" during the entire operation. He was freed by the San Francisco Fire Department just before 7 p.m. and immediately taken to a trauma center.
Doctors from San Francisco General Hospital told the victim's longtime girlfriend, Dorthy Mak, that "he fought to stay alive."
A report on ABC 7 said De La Fuente, 31, worked as a cab driver and a mechanic and was preparing to take an admission exam to a law school next month when the accident happened.
"He was aspiring to be a lawyer," Mak told ABC7 News. "He was scheduled to take his LSAT in February."
A GoFundMe page was set up by his friends to help his mother, who raised him alone in Berkeley, California, bring his body back to the Philippines, where he spent his childhood.
Funds donated to the GoFundMe page were eventually returned to donors after an anonymous donor funded the entire amount required for De La Fuente's funeral expenses.
"If anyone would like to make a contribution in honor of Jeff, we would greatly appreciate it if you could donate directly to Feeding America, a charity and cause that was very dear to Jeff. Again, thank you all for your love and support," Mak requested on the page. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News