SF Pinoy dies from injuries after BART train accident

by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Jeff De La Fuente was on his typical route home from work in the city on Wednesday night, catching the BART train home to San Lorenzo.

However, on his commute, De La Fuente was trapped between the train and the platform at the stop on 24th street.

The San Francisco Fire Department used two air bags, capable of moving 20-thousand pounds a piece, to rescue De la Fuente.

According to fire officials, De La Fuente was semi-conscious as first responders rescued him.

“There’s a small little gap, so your foot doesn’t fall through. He was trapped in that little gap between the platform and the car,” said SFFD Battalion Chief, Charles Crane.

De La Fuente was then rushed to the hospital but eventually died from his injuries on friday.

According to media reports, De La Fuente’s long-time girlfriend, Dorothy Mak, said he was an only child who spent the first six years of his life in the Philippines, before moving to the US — where he was recently looking to attending law school.

A GoFundMe page was started by Mak in order to help De La Fuente’s mother pay for his funeral expenses, and bring his body to the Philippines for burial.

According to an update on the page, the family stopped accepting donations after a generous donor offered to shoulder the expenses.

Mak mentions that if people would still like to contribute, they should make donations to Feeding America — a charity that Mak says that her boyfriend supported.

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