- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 23, 2014

A California teen is dead after saving his girlfriend from an oncoming train as they were on their way to a high school dance.

Mickayla Friend, 16, is fighting for her life at Sutter Roseville Medical Center after being hit by a train around 7 p.m. on Friday as she and her boyfriend walked along the train tracks, KCRA reported.

Her family said she and her boyfriend were planning to attend a Sadie Hawkins Day dance at Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts, where they both attended.

The boyfriend, whose name has not been released by authorities but has been identified on Facebook as Mateus Moore — pushed Mickayla out of the way before being struck by the train, the New York Daily News reported.

“It’s her first boyfriend and her first love,” Alithya Friend, Mickayla’s sister, told KCRA. “And she just got it taken away from her in an instant.”

Officials said the train conductor blew the horn and activated the emergency brakes but wasn’t able to stop in time.

“You can’t imagine getting the worst call in your life, knowing that you just dropped your sister off to go to a dance that was supposed to be a special, amazing night for her and her boyfriend of a year,” Alithya told the station. “And then you get a call that says he’s deceased and she’s in critical condition.”

“The engineer was on the horn,” said Sean Stark, who saw the accident. “Then finally, they both looked back at the same time.”

“They would have both been underneath that train if he didn’t push her out of the way at the last second,” he told the station.