PENINSULA, Ohio-- The woman who was hit and killed by a train in Peninsula Sunday afternoon wore hearing aids, her sister told FOX 8 News.
Heidi Howard, 38, of Ravenna, was crossing the tracks of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad near Route 303 at about 3:30 p.m. when she was hit by the train, public affairs officer Mary Pat Doorley said.
The victim's sister, Michelle Bridgewater, said Howard was having lunch with friends at the Winking Lizard on Main Street after church. That's when Howard saw what she thought was a child being abused, Bridgewater said.
Howard crossed the tracks to address the situation and was returning to the restaurant when she was hit.
Bridgewater said she thinks her sister was so focused on that child she didn't notice the train coming.
Witnesses said the crossing gates were down, the train was honking its horn and people were yelling for Howard to get off the tracks.
Howard was partially deaf and wore hearing aids. Bridgewater said most of the family suffers from severe hearing problems, including the victim's 15-year-old daughter.