The woman who died after being struck by a train in Goleta on Sunday has been identified as Lillian Feng, a 19-year-old UCSB student who lived in Isla Vista.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Jan. 10, Feng was struck by an Amtrak passenger train headed southbound under the Glen Annie / Storke Road overpass, according to a press release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Feng was a second-year pre-psychology major from Davis, Calif., according to a statement from UCSB’s Office of Student Life that was emailed to students Monday afternoon. The statement read, in part, “Losing a fellow Gaucho is heartbreaking, and we are reminded that as members of a campus community we are all connected.”

Lillian Feng, via Facebook

Lillian Feng, via Facebook

Although an official cause of death has not yet been determined, witness statements said that Feng’s actions suggest her death was a suicide, according to the press release from the sheriff’s office.

UCSB Spokesperson Andrea Estrada confirmed that Feng was a UCSB student and that she was the woman who had been killed by a train Sunday.

This is the second death caused by an Amtrak train in three days in Santa Barbara County. A 60-year-old man, Norman Horion, died on Friday after being struck by a southbound Amtrak train approaching Lookout Park in Summerland, according to the sheriff’s office.

UCSB urged anyone needing emotional support following Feng’s death to call UCSB’s Counseling and Psychological Services at 805-893-4411.


Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
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