Amtrak has identified the woman killed by the train I rode home on a week ago. I live-tweeted what I could see and learn about the fatality during the delay of nearly three hours on my return trip from New York Feb. 24,
I’m not sure whether it took nearly a week to identify the victim and inform her family, whether Amtrak police were slow about providing information or whether news organizations were slow to follow up, but it took nearly a week for anyone to update reports on the accident.
Four news organizations reported initially on the fatality. I found news stories in the Baltimore Sun (about 50 miles away), Cecil Daily (a newspaper in Elkton, Md., about 20 miles away), Havre de Grace Patch (website covering the town where the pedestrian was killed) and Dagger Press (a Harford County website calling itself “next-generation model of journalism”).
The reports promised updates:
- “Stay with Patch for updates.”
- “Check back with http://www.exploreharford.com for updates on this continuing story” (from the Sun).
- “Check back with The Dagger for more updates and information on this developing story.”
Commenters on my blog and on some of the stories identified themselves as friends or as a sister of the woman who died. After receiving the comment Wednesday evening, I looked for an update and no one in the media had yet updated the initial reports. I emailed an inquiry to the Havre de Grace police chief, who referred me to Amtrak police, who have not responded to my email.
The first update came Thursday, nearly a week after the original stories: Patch reported that Amtrak identified the woman as Tami Rose Russo, 37, of Suffolk County, N.Y. The Baltimore Sun had a similar report. I can’t find updates yet in the Dagger Press or Cecil Whig.
A sad story all the way around.