Mateus Moore may have departed this world, but he'll always be remembered as a hero.
A teenage boy was struck and killed by a train in Marysville, California, but not before pushing his girlfriend away saving her from certain death.
Unfortunately she was still partially hit by the train, and remains in the hospital in critical condition. If he hadn't pushed her, she would've certainly died instantly.
16-year-old Mateus and Mickayla Friend were walking on the train tracks last Friday around 7pm when the incident occurred. Officials are confused about what happened since it does not appear that either of the teenagers were intoxicated or wearing headphones.
The two were getting some snacks before their school dance when it all happened. One 11-year-old witness (we hope they're okay too — so young to see something like that) saw the whole thing right from when the train was coming and said:
"The engineer was on the horn. Then finally, they both looked back at the same time."
The witness's father, also a witness, said:
"They would have both been underneath that train if he didn't push her out of the way at the last second."
The girl's family have called the heroic teenager amazing, and the girlfriend's sister said:
"It's her first boyfriend, and her first love."
Such a tragic story. Our thoughts go out to the victim's family, and we truly hope his girlfriend Mickayla Friend makes a quick and full recovery.
RIP Mateus Moore, we hope your memory lives on.
[Image via Facebook.]
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