NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Friends and family members have set up a GoFundMe page to send the body of a city woman who was killed when her vehicle was struck by an NJ Transit train back to her native Kenya to be buried.
Florence Obado, 73, died when a Raritan Valley Line train 5711 struck her vehicle at the Cedar Avenue grade crossing in Middlesex Borough.
Obado, who worked in a group home in Piscataway, was driving Susan Mazurek, 44, of Middlesex, to work when the train hit her 2015 Ford and killed them.
The family is seeking to raise $30,000, which would pay for funeral home costs, flight and ground transportation expenses and the burial, as well as the travel expenses for immediate family members.
"We are so thankful for the outpouring of the support, kind words, hugs, tears, condolences and LOVE we have received so far and thank you in advance for your continued love and support," the message on the page reads.
As of this morning, about 165 donors have given a little more than $10,000.
Florence and Enos Obado came to the United States from Kenya in the early 1970s looking for a better life. They brought three children with them: Freddie, Dennis and Victoria, who passed away a few years ago. Julie, the youngest, was born in the United States.
According to a report published by mycentraljersey.com, police records show that Obado "reversed in front of the (the) locomotive" before the train struck.
There are four sets of tracks at that crossing, two for NJ Transit and two for Conrail - with a small patch of road between them. She reversed onto the NJ Transit tracks as an eastbound Conrail train approached. When Obado stopped on the NJ Transit tracks, the vehicle was hit by a westbound Raritan Valley Line train.