Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, the crash’s sole fatality, was a young mother, talented lawyer and dedicated wife with a penchant for travel.
Thursday, the 34-yearold de Kroon was headed to the station during the morning commute. First she dropped off her toddler and had a good, but fleeting, conversation with a day care worker. A short time later, the train barreled down the tracks with such speed that it plowed into a barrier and went airborne into the station. De Kroon was buried by debris. She died as a crash bystander comforted her.
De Kroon, a 2011 master’s degree graduate from Florida International University’s College of Business, had previously lived in Florida, but was a Brazil native. She’d temporarily paused her legal career, leaving the software company SAP in Brazil after her husband got a job with an international liquor company.
A friend of Bittar de Kroon’s family told the Bergen Record (http:// bit.ly/2cJAjhH) that her husband would accompany his wife’s body back to Brazil for burial. However, it wasn’t clear Saturday when or where the service will be held.