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Mother Killed Pushing Daughter Out Train’s Path

October 11, 2011 at 8:13 am by  

Riverside, California — The news is reporting on a woman who sacrificed her life in order to save the life of her child who was in the path of an oncoming Metrolink train.

Susan Dibene, 33, was pushing her 2-year-old daughter in a stroller on Saturday when she approached some railroad tracks whose safety arms had already began to lower. Dibene made the ill-fated decision to save 5 minutes and crossed the tracks with her daughter anyway.

The conductor of the train stated he blew the train’s horn and tried to brake but could only watch Dibene wrestle the stroller across the tracks.

The first time the stroller got stuck Dibene was able to successfully free it, only to have it get stuck a second time. Once again, Dibene was able to free the stroller and pushed it off the tracks and out of the train’s path.

Unfortunately, Dibene wasn’t able to do the same for herself and was struck by the train. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

While some, including Dibene’s mother, are calling this woman a hero for saving her daughter’s life, the girl should have never been in danger to begin with. I don’t mean to talk ill of Dibene, as she’s already paid the ultimate price for her decision, but why would she risk her and her kid’s life like that in the first place? It’s a friggin’ train.

It’s not like trying to save a few minutes by performing a rolling stop at the neighborhood stop sign or cutting in line at the grocery store where you are risking a ticket or getting the stink eye from other shoppers. Navigating around downed crossing guards to save a few minutes is risking getting hit by a train.

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  • Anonymous

    Tragic case of very poor judgement. 
    Wonder what, or if anything, the toxicology report will reveal.

    To hell with the stroller.The first time I heard that train whistle I’d be grabbing the kid out of it and beating feet to safety.

  • Sam

    Agreed – to hell with the stroller. Then again you and i probably wouldn’t have been playing chicken with a train in the first place.

  • ” but why would she risk her and her kid’s life like that in the first place?”Exactly what I was thinking.Title should have been Fool killed,but daughter survives. “While some, including Dibene’s mother, are calling this woman a hero for saving her daughter’s life” First off if you rob a bank,then are killed returning the money – you are not a fucking hero;just saying.

  • Train 1. Susan 0.

  • Anonymous

    I know her mom needs to hang on to the “hero” scenario for now, but I hope she realizes that she needs to give that baby memories of a “normal” mom. That way this child doesn’t grow up feeling inferior to a dead person. Life goes on.

  • Anonymous

    And side note she needs to be honest about the dangers of crossing once the arms at a trains crossing have lowered. Kinda hard to do with her current stance. Kids need the truth.

  •  I always find it funny how people with a personal interest curve a story to fit “their” needs.

  • Sam

    Or guilty for being the reason her allegedly awesome mom is dead.

  • Anonymous

    i agree…why would you push your baby’s stroller under around the “SAFETY ARM” that is coming not only did her daughter have to see her own mommy hit by a train but the train conductor has to live with the fact that his train hit this selfish unthinking mother..she is not a hero … she almost killed her daughter

  • Well, at least the kid will be able to say “My mom made one hell of a pancake.”

  • kymberlyn

    I tell my kids- if someone tries to grab you- ditch the back pack and run like hell.
    Mom should have ditched the damn stroller and ran like hell.

  • Speaking as one who was judgement impaired (I was 13) I can say that a person on train tracks generally has no fucking clue how damned fast the train is coming at them. You see this big old lumbering thing coming at you, but it’s still pretty far off and you think you have plenty of time.
    Not to mention the way trains compress sound waves ahead of them, their horns as a result, sound a helluva lot farther away then they are.
    In my case, I looked behind me and it seemed a mile down the tracks. Then the horn started going off like crazy (I’m sure the conductor was panicking at that point) and I look and it’s practically on top of me. I didn’t run; I fucking teleported away.

  • Anonymous

    For the sake of handling the grief, her family has to hold onto the hero thing, but I really think deep-down, they know what’s what.  The woman would be alive today, with her daughter, if she had not decided to go against something designed to prevent exactly what happened.  The safety barrier that comes down, comes down for a reason. 

    The stroller never should have been a thought after the first time it got caught.  She should have grabbed her baby and left the stroller.  I’m sure her mind wasn’t tracking right at the time, but common sense should have had her hauling ass with the baby and leaving the stroller to be mangled by the train.  Of course, there was no way for the train to stop in time.  A lesson learned, maybe, but too late for her.

  • Anonymous

    Sad story, but she is hardly a hero. She put both hers and daughters life in danger by crossing the tracks.No good reason to do that.The crossing arms are in place for a reason.Iam wondering if she was suicidal and had a last minute change of mind and spared her daughter.

  • Anonymous

    In a hurry to get nowhere.

  • Wicked Smilee

    The trains here in cali go slow as hell (compared to europe or japan) and are hella fuckin loud.  That bitch had to be strait suicidal.  That area in riverside is crack-head heavy.  Just sayin,….

  • Sooooo….not to be an early morning bitch but she kinda brought this upon herself. I mean where the hell was she going that she couldnt wait 5 minutes for the train to pass.

  • Mom should have never put her child or herself in danger in the first place. My Nephew was very tired one morning and tried to beat a train on his way to work. He never made it. The train beat  him. He is alive and well. And very blessed to be alive. I can’t believe he is even alive. Don’t play with trains because by the time the whistle blows. SPLAT!!!

  • kymberlyn

    SPLAT!! LOL..Yes, mom should never have put her child in danger..But, that was a given, that’s why I didn’t mention it  😀

  • My mom’s cousin was killed by a train. The sidewalk he was walking on didn’t have arms, and he waited for the first train to go by, but didn’t see or hear the second one. One of the other pedestrians that witnessed it, still goes to therapy to this day, and the accident was about 8 years ago.

    Never go around the arms, and always look to make sure the coast is clear. I stop at every RR crossing and people get pissed. It’s saved my ass more than once.

  • guillotinegirl

    When placing bets on (wo)man vs. train, always bet train.

  • Anonymous

    As a kid we always would walk on the train tracks.Where I used to live there were two sets of train tracks.One you could access just walking to the end of my block.My friends older brother who was only 21 at the time  got killed by walking down the tracks.He unforunately was a drug addict, but not a bad person or criminal.He had a cute daughter at the time and this was a sad situation for all who knew him.I will never forget that day and it still makes me sad 34 years later. 🙁

  •  Maybe she had her crack cocaine inside the stroller … I keep thinking there must be more to her not simply taking the kid and running for it.She was all “Must save the stroller tooooo.”

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get me wrong,I am really sorry for all of them. Still I say Darwinian selection. I  add: damn the stupid bitch.

  • Anonymous

    I was trying to decide if I should make some smart ass, obviously rude comments.
    I’m glad everybody else beat me to it!
    Now I don’t feel like such an asshole. : )

    It was said that she had track marks when found.

  • i don’t stop at every crossing… but there’s been more than one time i’ve crossed tracks and have had a freight train staring me right back at me.

    they were parked and not moving – but my sphincter didn’t know that when it decided to :O right along with me.

  • must have been one hell of a stroller.

  • Texas Ranger

    Too bad she didn’t have the epiphany of saving her child’s life BEFORE she decided to cross the tracks. Hero? not in the slightest.

  • Anonymous

    Well, at least she removed herself from the gene pool before she had any more kids.

  • MISSanthropic

    Meh. I wouldn’t call her a hero, but I wouldn’t exactly bash her. She made a stupid decision….what happened after that shows her actions to not be purposefully malicious. She easily could have said F this and saved herself. We can’t all be blessed with brains.

  • Anonymous

    I just wonder why, after the thing got stuck the first time, she didn’t just back up. Anybody who’s ever gotten a stroller over anything knows it’s a lot faster and easier to pull than push.

  • I agree with you. We post about people making dumbass decisions here every single day, but rarely do we see any try and correct them at the expense of their own lives.

  • Alicia

    Exactly. Not that I’d ever try crossing train tracks when the crossing signs are lowered, with or without a child in tow, but had the stroller gotten stuck I would’ve grabbed the child and ran like hell. I can replace a stroller and the pants I probably would’ve messed. But lives cannot be replaced.

  • Alicia

    Omg you’re right. That poor conductor. Don’t get me wrong, it’s HORRIBLE the child saw her mother die, especially in such an awful way. But the conductor is probably going to feel guilt over this for the rest if his life, even though it’s totally NOT his fault.

    I don’t mean to speak ill of the dead but, as stated in the article, this woman exercised extremely bad and selfish judgement. But as I’ve said before, a lot of people have the “nothing bad is ever gonna happen to me” mindset and think they’re invincible. Sometimes something bad DOES happen to them and they learn the hard way that their way of thinking wasn’t true, but unfortunately, as seen here, sometimes they don’t get a second chance after learning.

    It’s just plain awful for all involved in this one.

  • Alicia

    I used to live in a small town and the fastest way for teenagers to travel before they had a car was walking the train tracks in the woods. When I moved there, walking anywhere in the woods, especially by train tracks, was new to me because I lived in a city before moving there. I was NOT comfortable walking the tracks in the woods so I always took the long way by way of the sidewalk when walking to and from school or walking to or from a friend’s house. My friend’s, on the other hand, grew up in that town so had no problem walking the tracks.

    Well one day, one of my friends showed up at my house white as a sheet, covered in dirt and dead leaves and completely out of breath. I asked her what happened and she said she had to jump out of the way of a train and when she did she ended up rolling down a hill and smacking into a tree. She said a train has never come at that time so she wasn’t expecting it. Her mom was at work so my dad and I ended up taking her to the ER just to make sure she was OK because she had hit her chest when she hit the tree. The doctor said if it weren’t for her large “chest” that tree could’ve done some real damage to her upper body.

    She never walked the tracks again, choosing instead to take the long way like I’d been doing since moving there.

  • Tundratot

    What the hell kind of stroller did she have?  I always used umbrella strollers.  The damn things are light and convenient.  If it got stuck once, why not just carry the whole setup over the rest of the tracks?  That’s what I did whenever I was trying to outrun trains and police while going up stairs and down cliffs.  Shit!

  • This is why I #1 obey train warnings  #2 wear my baby strapped to me like an African. 

  • Anonymous

     Depending on how fast that train was going, she might be able to say she made awesome red pudding.

  • Anonymous

    I am not a paranoid person but i consider myself hyper vigilant esp with my child my life!

  • Anonymous

     I live one block from a (very) active set of train tracks.  I have seen one full on “accident” and one almost accident.
    1st incident: A guy got sloppy dead drunk and passed out on the tracks at night.  Rail guards dropped, train whistled.  I looked over and.. “Wait, is that a guy..?  Shit, it is!”.  I took off sprinting toward the tracks but it was pointless.  A gold medal Olympic sprinter wouldn’t have been able to get there in time.  Train took both legs off just above the knees.  He lived.  I occasionally see him around in his wheelchair.  Goofy bastard still drinks to the point of passing out though.
    2nd incident: A train had been stopped on the tracks for nearly an hour.  Saw a guy I knew try climbing between traincars on foot.  He was standing with one leg on the car connector joint thing starting to step down when the whole train jerked into motion with a bang.  Guy lost his balance, fell, and just barely got away from the wheels.  Not far enough though, as the wheels caught part of his shoe.  Twisted his ankle up and just about ripped the entire sole off his left shoe, but he wasn’t seriously injured.  Unlike the other guy, he learned his lesson.

    Do not fuck with trains.

  • I live in a place where there aren’t arms at all the places roads and railways meet. It’s just pretty much a reflex now to stop.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think so either, but what else is granny going to say, better for the kid to go his whole life thinking his mom is a hero than his mom risked his life for mom to save 5 minutes.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t blame you. Having had a close call once, i ALWAYS look both ways at crossings; even if they have rail arms sometimes the rail arms do not go down, first.

  • Anonymous

    ..Compelling story. Glad your friend wasn’t hurt.

  • LeaveMeBe

    My paw-paw did that to his kids on purpose one time when the were on a road trip. My mom and her brother and sister were asleep in the backseat. He stopped on some tracks where a train was parked and screamed. Then all the kids woke up and screamed and wouldn’t quit screaming. I’m surprised that he lived because I know my granny serioulsy tried to kill him. I don’t know why I think this is funny because it’s seriously demented if you think about it.

  • I couldn’t open this thread earlier for some reason. Morbid..I agree with your statement..simply put…it being a train…. It reminds me of those arrogant teens (and I am also not speaking ill on the mom just a compare)…and many adults who walk in my area. We have some narrow back roads..Pretty narrow for two cars….surrounded in some places by trees, feilds, and steep ditches…And you have these people walking in the center of this road…around narrow curves in the middle of the road speed limits of 45…as if just because they got out of bed this morning with a chip on their shoulders…an oncoming car or truck isn’t “manly” enough to kill them. Hmmm I don’t know if I am explaining this the way I intend it to sound.. The mom did pay the price, sadly…But I just mean if you do something where the consequence is you or your childs life there is no defending such a thing as a train..There is no game plan once it hits you…and no way to stop it…..

  • Anonymous

    If only my mother had done this for me when I was a child, I would be alive today.

  • BooBooKittyFuck

    Incredibly sad and seriously stupid…

  • I laughed, cuz I know some people who would do that.

    Myself being one of them!

  • Anonymous

    Yes,seriously demented but also seriously bloody funny.What an arsehole! lol 

  • Yes, that is demented.  I can see my dad doing something like that.  On long road trips when my mom was driving, my dad would all of a sudden point ahead and scream, “GROUNDHOG!!!!”  And then laugh as mom tried not to wreck.  And continue laughing for the next hour, as she screamed at him.  One day, Dad pulled that stunt, Mom lost control of the car and ended up in a ditch with a flat tire.  He never did it again.

    Maybe that’s why Mom was always driving on our road trips…so Dad wouldn’t park the car on train tracks and then scream that a train is coming and then make it out like the car just broke down.  (It would be like him to add that little twist.)  Let’s just hope your paw-paw and my dad don’t get together and compare notes.

  • True.  But she was probably panicking at that point and unable to make a logical decision.  People do some pretty dumb things when they panic.  It’s all about surviving and sadly, the portions of the brain that take over when you’re trying to survive turn off the logical processing portions.

  • LeaveMeBe

    He was such a laid back man, soft spoken and lots of fun. I adored him. I think I inherited my streak of dementedness from him. We don’t dispaly it very often, but when we do, watch out! 🙂

  • LeaveMeBe

    I would too HH. 😉  He was my hero.

  • Reminds me of the movie Stand By Me.

  • If you are also able to carry your weight in groceries on top of your head – then you get my vote for woman of the year.

  • This is why I log onto Steam daily and kill zombies (Left behind 2),cause a man has to be prepared if he’s going to survive.

  • BrittneyEast

    she did what any mother should do and sacrificed herself for her baby.  However, it was really damn dumb of her to be on the tracks in the first place.  Either way I say, poor kid, she had to watch her mother die, that makes me want to cry for her.  ( it might also be the Tramadol,  stupid car wreck)

  • rebecca rasha

    yeah, you dont fuck with a metro link. that shit cant stop and will turn you into a ig ol bag of mush on impact…especially while pushing a stroller….not the most agile of transportations to go against a person killing train.