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Pregnant Texas Teen Killed By Train While Modeling

By: Marie David

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A young teen was fatally struck by a train last week while taking modeling photos.  The 19-year-old was expecting her first child.

Reporters say Fredzania “Zanie” Thompson“ was crossing the tracks to avoid an oncoming train when she was struck by another train coming from the opposite direction. The photographer was not hurt.”

The Blinn College student, who turned 20 this past Monday, was pronounced dead while being rushed to a hospital. According to her fiancé, 25-year-old Darnell Chatman said that they had just found out weeks ago that they were expecting a child.


Fredzania 'Zanie' Thompson, 19, of Navasota, Texas died on Friday, March 10, 2017 after being struck by a train when she became stuck between two railroad tracks while posing for a photo shoot. The pregnant aspiring model was killed by a freight train as she was standing between two sets of tracks when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train approached and she moved out of the way onto another track. (Swipe photo above to see the last photo she took on the tracks) She was not aware there was a Union Pacific train approaching in the opposite direction and ended up stuck. Union Pacific spokesman told the Navasota Examiner that the train crew had alerted them with the horn as they approached them and began the emergency stop process. 'Basically, you have two railroad tracks there, one is Burlington Northern to the west and one is Union Pacific to the east, and she was in between the two tracks,' Navasota Assistant City Manager Shawn Myatt said. 'Burlington Northern had a train on their track coming and she turned back to the east to walk across the Union Pacific track and walked right in front of the Union Pacific train that was heading south.'... Zanie's mother, Hakamie Stevenson told The Eagle newspaper that her daughter was a student at Blinn College, but wanted to put her education on hold to pursue modeling. Zanie, who would have turned 20 on Monday, was a 2015 graduate of Navasota High School where she had scholarships for being a star volleyball player. Stevenson said her daughter was known as a role model and a leader to her younger siblings and her friends knew her as a hair and makeup wiz. Zanie was engaged to her 25-year-old boyfriend and the couple had just recently found out that they were expecting a child together. Zanie was four weeks pregnant at the time of the tragedy. On Monday, her friends and family gathered at the site of the accident to pay their respects to Zanie on her birthday. Our deepest sympathies are with her fiancé, family and friends. Rest peacefully Zanie.. #fredzaniathompson #ripzanie #longlivezanie #gonebutneverforgotten #instamemorials

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Her mother Hakamie Stevenson said her daughter earned several athletic scholarships while in high school. “She was more interested in modeling,” Stevenson said. “That’s definitely what she wanted to do. It’s what she had started to do the day she was deceased.”

Stevenson described her daughter as a role model to her five younger siblings and said she loved dabbling in hair and make up and was generous with her time. “She was very helpful to her siblings,” Stevenson recalled. “She was very outgoing, and made sure that everything was taken care of with them. She was a leader.”

The photo below was the last pic taken of her.


Aspiring Model Dies After Being Hit By A Train During Photoshoot -blogged by @BenitaShae A 19-year-old aspiring model has died after she was hit by an oncoming train during a photoshoot.#FredzaniaThompson unknowingly walked in front of a speeding train after trying to dodge another as it passed in the opposite direction. To make matters worse, Fredzania and her fiancé Darnell Chatman had learned two weeks prior that they were expecting a child. Thompson was a student at Blinn College in Texas and was known for being an outstanding athlete but she wanted to pursue modeling instead. "She was more interested in modeling," her mother, Akamie Stevenson, said. "That's definitely what she wanted to do. It's what she had started to do the day she was deceased." Both Thompson's mother and fiance said she was kind, welcoming and loved her friends.

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GoFundMe account has been set up to cover the cost of funeral expenses.  

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