UPDATE: Woman in wheelchair killed by train in Kenly

A memorial has been placed by the railroad tracks in Kenly to honor woman killed by train.

According to a press release issued by Kenly Police Department Kristy L. Pilkington, 40, of Kenly died early Friday morning after being struck by a passing CSX freight train when the motorized wheelchair she was operating became stuck as she attempted to cross the railroad tracks in Kenly.

Detective Rayne Biggs investigated the accident and said it occurred at approximately 12:37 a.m. on Friday between First and Second Street.

Biggs reported officers arrived to find Pilkington in a ditch on the east side of the railroad tracks.

According to police reports Pilkington had been paralyzed from the waist down as a result of an accident several years ago and had used a motorized wheelchair as a means of moving around the community.    

“After gathering statements from the train conductor and engineer we were able to conclude that the victim attempted to cross the railroad tracks at the crossing located on First Street at Railroad Street and Corbett Avenue,” said Biggs in her report. “The victim was unable to travel across completely due to the wheels on the chair becoming lodged in the tracks or battery failure.”

Pilkington was thrown approximately 95 feet north of the crossing and landed in a ditch on the east side of the track said the report.

No charges were filed with the accident still being investigated.

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