Woman Killed in New Jersey Train Recently Moved from Brazil, Had 'Big and Genuine Heart'
Fabiola Bittar de Kroon died on Thursday when the New Jersey commuter train crashed into the Hoboken station
The woman killed when a New Jersey commuter train crashed into the Hoboken terminal on Thursday had just moved to the United States, excited about a new life with her husband and young daughter, reports say.
Fabiola Bittar de Kroon was fatally struck by debris after the train jumped the track and barreled into the busy station, collapsing part of the ceiling. Earlier in the morning, de Kroon had dropped her 1-year-old daughter off at daycare, the Associated Press reports.
“You just saw a smile on her face every time she came to pick up her daughter,” Maria Sharp, co-director at the daycare, told the AP. “And that’s what I keep seeing.”
De Kroon, 34, recently moved to New Jersey from Brazil after her husband got a job with an international liquor company, according to the AP.
Cecilia Marques, who worked with de Kroon in Brazil, said she was “speechless” when she learned of the woman’s death.
“I had the privilege to get to know and work with Fabiola for some years, and I can say she was a great, talented [woman with a] big and genuine heart.”
She most recently worked as a corporate lawyer for software company SAP, CBS News reports.
In a statement to the station, officials said the company is “profoundly saddened and shaken” by news of the crash and noted that de Kroon left SAP’s Brazil location earlier this year.
“We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and all those impacted by [the] tragic event,” the statement said.
De Kroon’s husband was on a business trip in Pennsylvania at the time of the crash, but rushed home when he got the news, NBC New York reports.
Karlos Magner, the owner of the daycare, recalled the moments the man arrived at the daycare and wondered how he would address his daughter.
” ‘What should I say, how should I address this?’ ” Magner recalled the man asking. ” ‘I said, ‘You’re not born knowing how to address this. Just stay strong, be there for your daughter.’ ”
Authorities are working to determine what caused the crash and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the driver of the train is cooperating with the investigation.