Woman Killed By Light Rail Train Identified

By: CBS4/KKTV Email
By: CBS4/KKTV Email
A woman suffered fatal injuries when she tried to jump on a light rail train in Denver but fell underneath as it began to move.

Light Rail (credit: CBS4)

DENVER (AP) -- A woman who was dragged to her death by a light rail train in downtown Denver has been identified as 26-year-old Jessica Lubken of Denver.

The Denver medical examiner released the identity on Wednesday. An autopsy is planned.

Witness report seeing her staggering on the train tracks Tuesday. A train came to a stop but proceeded after the woman moved.

Witnesses say she walked to the side of the train and apparently tried to board but fell and got caught under it.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by elizabeth martimez Location: denver on Sep 26, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    omg i just cant belive this this i hope god guide me all the time so this dont happens to me
  • by Scott Carr Location: Denver Metro on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    What an enormous loss to the world community. Jessa was an incredibly special person who enhanced the paths lucky enough to cross her own. It's tragic for us all that hers ended so soon. My condolences and my love to her family and EXTENSIVE list of friends. We lost quite the light Tuesday... P.S. Thanks to Rodney for posting your account of the event. P.P.S. Careful haters, eventually every shoe is on the other foot.
  • by Rodney Location: Denver on Sep 22, 2011 at 08:16 PM
    Everyone, I happened to be on the train that day...she was either intoxicated or on something. The train stops at the junction point and waits for the north bound train. She got off, staggered up the sidewalk. Walked in the path of the train and the conducted waited at least 3 minutes for her to clear. She finally got out of the way...the train moved forward slowly and she must have staggered into the path and was hit by the last car. That's what happened.
  • by Arie Location: Aurora on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:04 PM
    Jessa was a wonderful friend and a great person and no one deserves to die that way. Nor does her memory deserve to be sullied by heartless individuals who clearly haven't experienced a lot in life. RIP Jessa!
  • by Sarah on Sep 21, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    Whatever the circumstances, death is never a thing to be mocked or made a joke of. Think of your own choices, your own family, no one is perfect. To say things like "darwin awards nominee" is just an example of our increasingly desensitized nature as a society. This woman was someones daughter, someones cousin, someones friend. And however she died, she deserves more than to have people who weren't there when she died and didnt know her leave snide remarks about a topic on which they know NOTHING. As for me I'll be praying. For her family, because I know them, and for her to find peace. And I'll be praying for you people, that you may learn the meaning of the word grace, and that no people you love, meet the same fate and are greeted by the same hurtful comments as you've greeted Jessica with. RIP Jessica, you are missed.
  • by Sandy Location: Penrose on Sep 21, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    I know the family and she wasn't stupid and she didn't deserve a "Darwin Award." She didn't leave her brains at home and she wasn't bone-headed. She was in a hurry. It was her birthday and she was trying to get home. Her family is devastated, and they certainly don't need comments like this. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. I assume none of you have ever made a mistake or done anything you regret. Judging from the previous comments, compassion obviously is is hard to find in Colorado Springs. My prayers are with Jessica and those who loved her dearly.
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      by Arie on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:01 PM in reply to Sandy
      Thank you for the kind words. I was a friend of Jessa's. We weren't close but we worked together years ago and whenever we met in recent years it was like we'd never been apart. She was a beautiful person and this was a tragic accident. Considering that no one has the FULL details of exactly what happened, it is cruel the way certain people are responding. For those of you choosing to be so, consider if this had happened to one of your loved ones. Would you still respond the same way?
  • by thomas Location: cs on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    People born without caution don't live very long.
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      by John on Sep 21, 2011 at 01:38 PM in reply to thomas
      Come on now, we have to be correct these days. It was the trains fault. Who ever invented trains needs to be sued. Just thaought I would give you the liberal view on this matter.
  • by Mayor Ryan on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:17 PM
    Darwin awards nominee.
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      by minds on Sep 23, 2011 at 01:01 AM in reply to Mayor Ryan
      What is wrong with you? This is a life you are obviously a person who doesn't understand what that is or you don't know what it is to care or for someone to care about you. I feel sorry for you have more respect...
  • by Kirk Location: COS on Sep 20, 2011 at 06:16 PM
    I think people leave their brains at home sometimes when they go out in public, and do things that are bone-headed! This is one of those times. R.I.P.
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