- A Fil-Am man died after he was pinned by a BART train in San Francisco, California
- A BART spokesperson said the victim accidentally fell onto the tracks
- His body will be buried in the Philippines
A Filipino-American died recently due to injuries he sustained after he was pinned between a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train coach and a platform at the 24th Street-Mission Station in San Francisco.
The victim, identified as 31-year-old Jeff De la Fuente, fell onto the tracks as the BART train approaches the station, according to transit spokesperson Jim Allison. San Francisco firefighters said De la Fuente was semi-conscious when he was being rescued.
The rescuers used two airbags to push the train off De la Fuente so they could free him. After being freed, he was transported to San Francisco General Hospital in serious condition. He died days later.
The Inquirer said De la Fuente’s girlfriend, Dorothy Mak, shared that her boyfriend worked as a mechanic and also drove a cab. She said he planned to study to be a lawyer and was set to take the Law School Admission Test next month.
De la Fuente who was born in Berkeley spent part of his life in the Philippines. A GoFundMe page has been set up for him so that his family could raise funds to bring his body to the Philippines, where he will be buried. Overwhelming support have poured in; however, De la Fuente’s girlfriend Mak have posted an update as receiving donations have been stopped.
I’d like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support, love, and donations during this difficult time. As some of you may have seen from the latest update, we have stopped collecting donations as there was a generous donor that has funded the entire amount required for Jeff’s expenses. As requested by Jeff De La Fuente’s mother, we are working directly with GoFundMe to refund everyone the entirety of their generous donations. 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.