A MAN has told of Fabiola Bittar de Kroon’s final moments after she was hit by debris in the Hoboken train crash, telling her to focus on her family.
Rahman Perkins, 29, told NBC News that he was running to get to class when the train came thundering into the Hoboken Terminal.
“I was walking behind the station by the pier and everyone started running out, and I started running in, like an instant,” he said. “I saw the train just hit the wall.”
Bittar de Kroon, who had just dropped her one-year-old daughter off at daycare, was felled by debris.
“I was just moving people and picking up beams and metal, and I happened to see her feet on the ground,” Mr Perkins said.
“I told her, ‘Just breathe, focus on your family, focus on your loved ones,’” he said. “I told her, ‘I’m here, I’m not going to leave you.’”
“She fought. She really did her best,” Mr Perkins said. “I could see she was in so much pain, I didn’t want to pick her up and run anywhere because there was so much blood and I didn’t know where it was coming from.”
Mr Perkins said police asked him to leave once they arrived. He was heading to the hospital after school when he heard the news that Bittar de Kroon was the only fatality from the crash that injured 100 people.
“I know that she knew I was there. I know that she knew I was going to make sure she wasn’t going to be by herself so it just puts a little peace in my heart,” Mr Perkins said. “I just want her family to know I tried my best.”