Texting in metro may have cost a woman her life

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 4/25/2013 5:42:00 PM

A tragic accident at the Monk metro station during last Friday morning's rush hour may have happened because a young woman was too caught up with looking at her smartphone that she failed to notice where she was walking.

A 20-year-old woman died just after 8:15 on the morning of April 19, after she fell between two metro cars on the station's platform.

Security footage reportedly shows Audrey-Anne Dumont looking down at her smartphone as she thought she was entering the train. Instead, she walked into the gap between two cars, and fell into the tracks.

She was crushed to death as the train made its way to the next station, Jolicoeur, and then on to the Verdun station, before other transit users noticed blood on the tracks.

Service was interrupted on the western end of the Green Line for more than half an hour last Friday morning, while emergency crews responded to the incident.

Police are investigating, but the family is suggesting it was a tragic accident.

Photo: inmemoriam.ca

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  1. Susan Kirstein posted on 04/25/2013 08:53 PM
    such a terrible accident. it could of been avoided, that is why every one who takes the metro has to watch where they walk, and get off those phones, My Condolences to the family. Susan Kirstein
  2. Anon posted on 04/25/2013 11:32 PM
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my god I cringed so bad. That's awful... Really sad.
  3. david pylyp posted on 04/26/2013 06:56 AM
    I see this everyday in DOWN TOWN Toronto, crowds walking as a herd through intersections and very few looking up to see where they are going or oncoming traffic.

    Best Picture? Guy on his bicycle Hands free with his Starbucks and Texting with the other.

    I hope they learn quickly.

    David Pylyp
  4. Lisa posted on 04/26/2013 08:12 AM
    While this is really sad I also find this ridiculous! As a regular metro user you see everyone huddle together where the doors open. You can miss the crowd of 10-20 people at each door during rush hour - the time this girl was there. She was SO focused on the phone that it didn't click?

    CJAD is reporting that parents want safety measures put in place. I'm sorry but if it was THAT dangerous they would have been in place ages ago cause everyone would be falling in.

    This was a tragic accident but just goes to show you that some people shouldn't be multitasking on phones while in motion.
  5. Tina LeGresley posted on 04/26/2013 08:41 AM
    It is sad...its sad that electronics have consumed us and our ability to make rational judgments. It was a terrible lapse in judgment and responsibility of safety awareness....however...you could be either standing still in an environment you believe to be safe and a piece of a building falls on you...Tragedy happens. Unfortunate but true.
  6. Eric posted on 04/26/2013 08:48 AM
    Everyone wants all these cool new features on phones. Look what it gets us. So sad! But I doubt anyone will learn from this, because as always that will never happen to me!
  7. anon posted on 04/26/2013 10:35 AM
    There is already a tribute video on youtube for this young girl. It's ironical that every picture on that tribute video is a photo with her smartphone. Kids and their electronics, a deadly combination.
  8. Truth posted on 04/26/2013 11:09 AM
    The truth is there's no one to blame here but her. She was 20 years old? Damn what a waste of a life. I wonder what she was texting or who was texting her at the time.
  9. Jonathan Fortin posted on 04/26/2013 11:15 AM
    Then there's the other side of this... How on earth did no one notice someone falling onto the tracks during rush hour? No one pulled the emergency levers to stop the train?
    1. debbiem posted on 04/27/2013 09:25 AM
      @Jonathan Fortin I also asked myself that same question....people were probably too busy with their own smart phones...
  10. aWestIslander posted on 04/26/2013 12:41 PM
    Well it's sad and ridiculous that she was so lost in her phone it also goes to show that no one pays attention to anyone else when they are travelling...in rush hour no one noticed this girl fall in between two cars? she didnt scream when it happened? It's not just her who is completely oblivious but everyone who was there...
    1. debbiem posted on 04/27/2013 09:28 AM
      @aWestIslander You said it....completely oblivious!!!this is the world we live in....very sad
  11. Rox posted on 04/26/2013 12:49 PM
    Hey guys
    This story is really sad but please stop blaming the smartphone as if it was some diabolical device. She could have been reading a book and be so concentrate that it would have happen anyway. She could have been the stupid woman I saw last week puting makeup on while driving and hit the car in front of her because she was paying too much attention to her eyeliner. Don't start a propaganda againts the smartphone, the person with the freewill is the girl. And stop blaming the metro too. The wagon did't pull her off the ramp.... it is a really sad story but stop blaming the wrong things, she is the only one to blame
  12. Stacy posted on 04/26/2013 02:25 PM
    It was a tragic accident that yes, could have been avoided. That's why they are called accidents. But, calling this girl an idiot or stupid is not only heartless, but irresponsible. Think of her family and friends that are reading these posts. COME ON PEOPLE!!
  13. Tina posted on 04/27/2013 04:06 PM
    Risky Business it's not the train's fault. Be careful
  14. Tina posted on 04/27/2013 04:09 PM
    My sister's friend died when she was 15 she was listening to her walkman while she got off the train that is tragic. That was Close to thirty years ago. In 1985
  15. phones posted on 04/27/2013 09:20 PM
    I am very sorry for the family that lost this child. But also aybe thiswill teach eveyone who has a phone to stop texting when they r in places that they can get hurt. Even when u go out with them tey r moreintrested in the texting on thephone then what u r saying to them What hhappened to the good old day wenwe survived witout all this eletronic grap . We just called one person and they passed it on and wwe all meet together at a place and wer safe and sound Pls donot text while u r in places that can cause problems u life is woth mo than that one min text somone sent you
  16. claudio capri posted on 04/30/2013 10:56 AM
    It's sad but pathetic. I am sorry, but it is her own fault this has happened. You are telling me, she has been texting so much, been paying attention to her phone apps, she didn't see from the corner of her eyes where she was going?

    I am sorry she has died, but it was her own mistake and her own fault.
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