THE VIC­TIM

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

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.

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