UCSB Student Passes Away in Fatal Train Accident

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Gwendolyn Wu
Campus Beat Reporter

Second year University of California, Santa Barbara student Lillian Feng passed away on Sun., Jan. 10 following a fatal Amtrak train collision at 9:13 AM. Feng, a pre-psychology major, was 19 years old.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department released Feng’s name and preliminary details via press release on Mon., Jan. 11 at 1:45 PM. The incident took place underneath the overpass at Glen Annie Rd. and Storke Rd. in Goleta, where Feng was struck by southbound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train 774. Santa Barbara County Fire Dispatch received a call for a “Code 3” vehicle accident at 9:13 AM on Sun., Jan. 10, indicating that it was a life-threatening injury.

Feng, who was originally from Davis, Calif., attended Davis Senior High School, where she participated in a community flute choir. At UCSB, she participated in Gaucho Pep Band.

“Her actions prior to the collision indicated that she was deliberately trying to get hit by the train,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover said of the witnesses’ account. Out of respect for the deceased’s family, Hoover declined to elaborate.

This is the third train-related fatal accident that has occurred within three days. On Fri., Jan. 8, Amtrak train Pacific Surfliner 790 struck a 60-year-old male in Summerland, and on Sat., Jan. 9, when Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train 777 hit 19-year-old Aaron Matthew Wolf in San Luis Obispo.

As of press time, the coroner’s report has yet to be released.

If you or anyone you know has been impacted by the news of Feng’s passing, UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can be reached on their 24-hour hotline at (805) 893-4411.

This article will be updated as we receive more information regarding the investigation. 

Gwendolyn Wu

A living The Bottom Line fossil, 2017-2018 Editor-in-Chief Gwendolyn Wu is a fourth year double majoring in history and sociology. She is most likely multi-tasking and inhabiting the couch in the newsroom as you read this bio.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Goodbye Lily

    we only talked a few times on twitter

    you were cool, and I liked the game art and things you were working on

    love, Dan

  2. I didn’t know Feng well or talk to her but she showed strength in her video appearances and in her comments when people needed that sort of thing. This is a loss not only for the gaming community but for the world. She would have had so much more to share. Rest in peace.

  3. May you rest in peace Lily. I didn’t know you personally so I can’t know your reasons as to why you chose suicide but I hope you have found happiness wherever you now are.

    • @Paul You are seriously misled, or worse. Most of #GamerGate are not misogynists and by generalising like that and vilifying people like that, you are only leading to suicides (assuming that’s even what this was) of innocent, good-hearted people.

      Here is an example (including Lily) of people who are part of the community of innocent people who play games, who are being viligied by the anti-GamerGate movement which treats gaming as inherently bigoted while being bigoted and hateful in its treatment of the gamers in GamerGate, who (aside from the bad apples here and there) just want journalistic integrity.
      The video shows the reaction of a “social justice warrior” to the people in the video.
      He has said “They should be gassed” and still at the end says “Yeah, they’re evil” about the humans in the video.
      (the video is “A SJW Reaction When Shown Proof of #GamerGate Diversity” on youtube)

  4. Agreed with that Paul, I only hope this occurs with more of these spiteful misogynists, we’re approaching two years now of this shit and still barely a thing has been done about Gamergate.

    • @Jerry Peet You are seriously misled, or worse. Most of #GamerGate are not misogynists and by generalising like that and vilifying people like that, you are only leading to suicides (assuming that’s even what this was) of innocent, good-hearted people.

      Here is an example (including Lily) of people who are part of the community of innocent people who play games, who are being viligied by the anti-GamerGate movement which treats gaming as inherently bigoted while being bigoted and hateful in its treatment of the gamers in GamerGate, who (aside from the bad apples here and there) just want journalistic integrity.
      The video shows the reaction of a “social justice warrior” to the people in the video.
      He has said “They should be gassed” and still at the end says “Yeah, they’re evil” about the humans in the video.
      (the video is “A SJW Reaction When Shown Proof of #GamerGate Diversity” on youtube)

  5. Rest in Peace Lily – you were a loving caring soul – typical of a gamergate supporter. It’s evident from the above comments that the only people with evil in their hearts are the anti gamergate ostriches whose ignorance keeps them from ever understanding the truth. Om mana padme hum

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