Kristen Remembered 3 Years
It has been three years since the death of Kristen Teresa Bowen. The popular teen was killed after failing to recognize a second Union Pacific freight train while taking a shortcut to North Terrace Park in Villa Park, IL. So much has happened since the tragedy. Her death triggered safety activists to solicit local governments to increase Railroad Safety in the community. T.E.A.R.S. (Targeting Education Awareness & Railroad Safety) was incorporated by father Ray Zukowski. Efforts spearheaded by KristensLaw author and Village Trustee John Davis to solicit safety fencing along these dangerous rails won approval last year securing the Park from nearby residents. A permanent memorial is put in place at the park in honor of Kristen and all who have lost their lives to the railroad. As the Illinois Death toll mounts safety advocates continue to push for KristensLaw legislation and Railroad Safety Reforms. T.E.A.R.S. has worked with and assisted 43 families who have lost loved ones in train related fatalities. Our hearts and prayers will remain with these families forever.
Family and friends will remember Kristen privately with trips to the cemetery and memorial.