Last week, pregnant aspiring model, Fredanzia Thompson, had her life snatched away after being tragically hit by a speeding train during a photoshoot she hoped would help launch her modeling career.
19-year-old Thompson was a student at Blinn College in Texas and was known for being a star athlete, but she had her heart set on modeling and decided to pursue it as a career.
Her mother, Akamie Stevenson, says, “She was more interested in modeling. That’s definitely what she wanted to do. It’s what she had started to do the day she was deceased.”
The photographer of the photoshoot says Thompson saw the tracks as the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot to launch her modeling ambitions.
“The photographer said she was moving,” recalled Stephenson. “She was actually off the tracks. But she didn’t move far enough, and it hit her.”
Authorities say Thompson was standing between two sets of tracks Friday in Navasota when a BNSF Railway train approached.
Eyewitnesses told Stephenson that her daughter saw one train coming, and moved out of the way. She did not realize in doing so, she moved in front of another train coming from the opposite direction.
Thompson died en route to a local hospital.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing. Authorities will examine the onboard video from the train that hit Thompson as part of the process. Thompson’s mother worries that the stilettos her daughter was wearing may have slowed her efforts to run away from the oncoming train.
Thompson’ fiancé, 25-year-old Earl Chatman, said he spoke to her that morning. “She told me she was headed to the photo shoot.”
Thompson’s mother says she was many things to many people, including an athlete, beauty maven, as well as a caring companion to her fiance. Thompson was also considered a role model to her five younger brothers and sisters.
“She was very helpful to her siblings,” Stevenson recalled. “She was very outgoing, and made sure that everything was taken care of with them. She was a leader.”
The photos taken the day tragedy struck were to be the beginning of a portfolio Thompson was hoping to use in her pursuit of a modeling career.
Thompson’s fiance said she had been offered several modeling opportunities in the past, but had turned them down.
According to Chatman, Thompson — who would have turned 20 on Monday — called him two weeks ago and was crying happy tears.
“She said, ‘You’re going to be a dad again,’” he said.
Thompson also had a storng relationship with her fiancé’s 7-year-old son, who would have became her stepson. “She seemed to be a motherly figure to him,” Chatman said, mentioning how his son has been troubled by her death.
“He woke up crying this morning,” Chatman said quietly. “He thought [her death] was a dream.”
Both Thompson’s mother and fiancé said she was kind, welcoming person who was loved deeply by her friends. She would help anyone who was hurting and give them advice.
“Zanie had the most beautiful smile,” Chatman said. “I believe she would want everyone to know what a kind and caring person she is.”
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help raise money for her funeral.