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Family and Friends Remember Train Crash Victim

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A vigil was held for the legally blind woman who was hit and killed by a train near Colvin Street Sunday evening.

Friends and family gathered to remember 52-year-old Patsy Hickman.

Police say she appeared to be walking on the tracks around 5:30 when she was hit by an Amtrak train.

Hickman's family stressed how caring of a person she was. They said it's not enough to talk about her memory, something has to be done at that intersection.

"She was an outgoing person everyone knows her from around here from Jefferson Avenue all the way to Jay Street. She was just an outgoing person," said Harris Hickman, her son.

"We feel like this area right here should be gated up. Someone should be able to choose to walk through the train tracks. It's not safe for kids, no one. You never know what can happen out here. We saw three or four trains that went past and we didn't see them coming until they got to the pole right here. You know by that time it's too late. They need to make it better out here. They need to make it better for someone who can't see," said Tashonda Dove, her niece.

The family said the gate is especially necessary due to the large deaf and blind community that lives in the area.

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