- Recent Comments - Chatsworth Metrolink Crash - L.A. Times http://projects.latimes.com The latest user comments on en-us No Excuses on September 21, 2010 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c38282 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c38282 @Jim Osborn: Sanchez was warned NUMEROUS TIMES not to text while driving that train. HE CHOSE TO IGNORE THOSE WARNINGS, and now 25 people are dead, many are permanently injured, and lives are shattered. The wreck was 100% HIS FAULT. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 01:34:43 -0700 Jim Osborn on September 8, 2010 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c37351 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c37351 While Mr. Sanchez made a mistake, it was the system put in place by Metrolink's administration that allowed a simple mistake to cause such a tragedy. Placing the station after the second warning light so an enigeer had to stare intently to see that the third light was red and not to be passed, is one example. A repeater light could have been at the station and "in his face" so he would know not to proceed even while distracted by his texting. Ignoring reports of his texting behavior is another. Allowing sloppy communication between the conductor and engineer is another. As long as Metrolink looks outward for blame, and not inward to improve, deaths will continue Wed, 08 Sep 2010 07:45:31 -0700 Shelley Alongi on September 27, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c18265 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c18265 rob, thursday Sept 24 I met your trainer for the Ventura County line only briefly. It could have been you sitting up there. I hope he can help. Chris told me you went to see bob on the platform at CWT on your vacation. that was nice of you. We miss you. Your plaque is here waiting smiling at me. RIP. Shelley Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:16:19 -0700 Shelley on September 12, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c17920 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c17920 Rob, yesterday September 11 I was at CWT; I laid flowers for you. Today, Sept 12 I was on an Amtrak train passing through CWT and the place where you hit the Leesdale local one year ago today. In the fun of today's trip I thought of you. I've learned so much about your beloved trains since that day. I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to all those who lost that day and to you, too. Your friends miss you. Sat, 12 Sep 2009 10:45:56 -0700 Gil on September 12, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c17898 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c17898 This Sanchez guy doesn't deserve to be included with this group of memorials. He is undeserving. I work in public transportation and not once have I placed my passengers or passengers in other vehicles in danger by talking or texting on my cell phone. My cell phone stays in my pocket when I am at work and only comes out on my breaks or after I am off the clock! Sat, 12 Sep 2009 11:26:53 -0700 Shelley Alongi on August 29, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c17462 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c17462 A small Tribute Hush my friend, do I hear you cry, When you think of me, in the middle of the night; When sleep has fled, and all you remember, Is what was and what could never be. If my face, won’t leave the corner of your mind, If I walk with you now each and every mile, There must be a reason, that you remember, A sparkling eye and a winning smile. Won’t you remember me, And all the things I showed you, Remember me and everything I told you, And if I didn’t do everything right, all the time, Remember my heart was broken, and your tears mix with mine. 2 If I couldn’t say I’m sorry, if you never saw me cry, It didn’t mean I ever meant to say goodbye; And if you couldn’t hear me, When I called with my last breath, Always think of me when I was at my best. Won’t you please remember all the good things when you’re sad All the moments we shared together, and all the fun we had, And all the things that were not said and that I could never say, And everything we meant to do and didn’t on that day. If I was there with you I’d dry up all your tears, But now we parted company, And please throughout the years, Won’t you remember me, Remember me, And won’t you please be kind. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 05:25:43 -0700 Lucia on July 28, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c16254 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c16254 listen here, "queen of bells"... you need to get on with your life and find another project than the sorry individual that sanchez was. make your life count, don't waste it on somenone who killed so many innocent people by doing something as stupid as playing with his phone. his picture among the other victims is an insult and a slap in the face of the families who lost a dear member that day. It is a slap in my face every single time i visit this website...this tragedy changed our lives forever and you are here bragging about a criminal. You need to be banned from here and LA Times needs to remove sanchez's picture and page from their website. I'm glad to see you're taking your comments someplace else, since all you've done here was turning a knife in our hearts..i hope you get to meet sanchez one day, and it won't be in heaven. I hope this is the last time we've heard from you...go hide now. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 09:09:49 -0700 Shelley Queen of Bells` on July 22, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c16141 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c16141 Hi Everyone, Plans continue for the respectful preservation of Rob Sanchez's memory. I have watched this page turn from respectful memories of him to a forum for unhappiness and anger expressed toward Rob Sanchez and also my desire to kindly remember him. I have enjoyed reading many of the stories about him on this page, especially the kind words said about him by conductors and dispatchers. I would also like to thank his colleagues who have not posted on this page for sharing their memories with me and for their support. I feel due to the doragatory nature taken by the last few posts that it is time to move my updates to other places. If you are genuinely interested in following this story please click on http://www.shellbells.net throughout the next few months where regular posts will be shown. I thank the Los Angeles Times for dedicating a page to Robert's memory. It has unfortunately become a place for disrespect and detraction from an otherwise professional engineer who made it seems a tragic mistake. Remember the investigation is still not completed. My heart goes out to all who lost so much on that day. Best of wishes to all in their recovery. And if friends of Robert still look at this page on occasion please know my heart goes out to you, too. There are many nice online tributes to him on other sites. There are many who remember him with kindness. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 10:02:57 -0700 Wanting Shelley to go away on July 13, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15950 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15950 How dare you, try to hang that dreadful plaque in Chatsworth, its like a slap in the face to all the loved ones who lost someone that day. I can only guess that you have not ever lost someone like we all have, because if you had, you would surely not be on this crusade for this guy. It really is very upseting to us all, just go away already. Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:43:09 -0700 Shelley on July 11, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15923 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15923 Hi Everyone, It was in the best interest it seems of many to remove the plaque from the Chatsworth cafe. I have enlisted the aide of one of the last people to see Rob before the accident in locating another spot. Two heads are better than one. Rob, we will find your corner. A man with such varied places should find a spot for his memory. Apparently he was a Dodges fan, yea! All our hearts go out to so many who lost so much that day. My earlier post stands. We miss him, he will be in our hearts and he was capable of producing so much more than anger, grief and tears. Our love goes out to all who knew him. We'll keep you posted. Shelley, Always in Pursuit of Respect for Rob Sanchez Sat, 11 Jul 2009 10:25:53 -0700 Shelley on July 9, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15892 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15892 Rob, a memorial plaque hangs in your memory at the chatsworth station cafe. For those who love ad mourn you, for those who understand you were capable of producing so much more than anger, greif and tears, you will always be in our hearts. In memory of Rob Sanchez, July, 2009 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 07:04:18 -0700 So Confussed on July 2, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15751 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15751 Shelley should be blocked from posting on this web site, let her start her own like she said she was going to do. Having her praise this guy left & right, really hurts those of us who lost a loved one because of this guys negligence. I am VERY glad the cafe rejected her from placing this STUPID plaque that she has had made, here's an idea Shelley you keep it hanging above your computer so you can look at it all day long, because no body else is obsessed with this guy the way you are and none of us wants to see the STUPID thing. I am sure that his loved ones are hurting just as much as the rest of us who lost someone, but we do not NEED or WANT you pushing him down all our throats, give it up already, maybe you should go talk to someone, because you clearly need some HELP!! Thu, 02 Jul 2009 12:45:25 -0700 Shelley on June 18, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15456 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c15456 Just a small update on Rob's memorial plaque. I have it hanging right here above my computer. In two weeks I am on vacation and I will be starting my search for a place for it. I've had one rejection so far, our local cafe at the train station said no. There's a lot of work to be done. Soon even before the plaque hangs somewhere I wil have a web site up with a page as an online memorial to him. I'll let you know when it's up and running. Since the accident I've started reading about the railroads in America. the story is incredible, sometimes the personalities remind me of my own personality. One person on this page said i was obsessed with Rob Sanchez and was right. It's the way I'm wired. Do I owe my discovery of trains and the rails to the sad death of one engineer? If I do then that's the way it is. The building of the railroads in America is a long involved story, Rob Sanchez in all his complications was part of what made this dream possible as are others who run them now. Rest in peace, all. Shelley, Pearl, Brandy Thu, 18 Jun 2009 09:09:08 -0700 Daniel on June 1, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14766 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14766 These responses are a microcosm of what is wrong with how the masses view death, religion, and responsibility. Why because this man dies should we feel sorry for him OR his family? What is wrong with judging such a person who appears to have shown complete neglect toward his responsibilities of keeping many people safe? Its obvious that a lot of you probably feel empathy because of your own fears of being judged for your shortcomings, and the thing is, if you don't want to be judged with such prejudice then don't do anything as selfish and ignorant as this idiot. And as for those who compared this dead man with drunk drivers who kill others, you are spot on. There is no difference other then the fact that fools believe doing insane things while driving sober is safe only because so many people do it and you can't spend time in jail for texting/putting on makeup etc. Frankly its just as dangerous as DUI and if you do this kind of stuff you deserve jail time. And lets keep God out of this. God is an aspect of your mind that you don't know exists, if God can judge and you can't with your innate reasoning than you are not human. Mon, 01 Jun 2009 01:30:44 -0700 someone who cares on May 10, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14363 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14363 why cant we just say we feel the way we feel! Miss. Alongi ? pearl and brandy would defend you. lol Sun, 10 May 2009 11:02:28 -0700 Shelley Queen of Bells on May 9, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14329 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14329 The quest continues. The transcripts of Rob's text messages show someone with a lot of patience and someone who wanted to give something despite breaking company policy for all his own reasons. Safety issues, as well as personal responsibility are at the heart of this accident, but the last few days of one's life should not define his character. I'm sure his friends are hurting and his family as well, along with everyone else who is left behind to deal with the aftermath. In the grief and the anger and the lawsuits, investigations, and days to follow let's remember that he died, too and deserves some respect as much as all the others who parished with him. Many have said kind things about him on this page, others are angry, and I continue to look for a place to display a memorial plaque dedicated to him. Perhaps I am the only one who will do this. Perhaps that time is not yet. If anyone who knows him still follows this page please know my sympathy is with you. Anyone who lost loved ones who reads this my heart goes out to you. May all those who parished be rememberd with kindness and dignity. Shelley, Queen of Bells Sat, 09 May 2009 07:46:22 -0700 Lost a loved one & still hurting so bad on May 8, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14314 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14314 We hurt so bad, we lost someone we loved so dearly... It's so easy for people to say don't blame & forgive, but its much easier said than done, the reason this happened & because someone was doing something on the job that he should not have been doing, he not only caused the death's of 24 innocent people he also SHATTERED all of our lives as we have to go on everyday with such sadness that NEVER goes away. We miss our loved ones so much, Sept. 12th is such a sad day. Shelley all I can say to you is you really need to get a life, you are obssesed with this guy... I don't get it, you really need HELP !!!! Fri, 08 May 2009 04:17:19 -0700 son of victim of rob's carelessness on May 3, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14194 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14194 to shelley I have never ever thought my father would be killed.always thought he would pass surrounded by love ones letting him see his goals and furture be fulfilled in his lifetime.but i guess he was in the wrong place right? please dont post these insulting meomories of a careless person. i wish you were on that train... really i do Sun, 03 May 2009 04:29:43 -0700 Shelley on May 3, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14184 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c14184 Hi to those who read . I am not family or friend of any of the victims of Robert. So i have no remorse for any except Robert Sanchez. thank you Robert Sanchez Sun, 03 May 2009 04:36:58 -0700 Shelley on April 19, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c13696 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c13696 Hi I believe I forgot to include my email in my last post. It is qobells@roadrunner.com if anyone is interested in Rob's memorial plaque. I reserve the right to give it to whomever shows the most maturity and respect. Shelley, Pearl, Brandy Sun, 19 Apr 2009 09:30:09 -0700 Shelley on April 18, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c13678 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c13678 Hi Everyone, Today I went to a trophy shop near my home and submitted a picture and caption for Robert as a memorial plaque. I will have the finished plaque in my hand next Saturday April 24. I've been planning this since late September and finally decided on the caption. The picture was graciously donated by one of Rob's friends. It is a picture that was shown in the paper in early September. My heart has always ached for this man despite everything and I've always thought someone should make a memorial plaque for him. My next step will be to find someone who is legitimately interested in taking the plaque and publicly displaying it as a small memorial to him. If anyone is genuinely interested please email me. I have a new email address different from the one posted in an earlier post. Sanchez family may your son and brother rest in peace. Shelley Queen of Bells Sat, 18 Apr 2009 08:15:17 -0700 Angry in Los Angeles on March 21, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c13027 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c13027 LOS ANGELES TIMES - March 2009: "Metrolink engineer Robert Sanchez was twice warned by supervisors about improper use of cell phones while in train control cabins. On the day of the crash, he sent and received 57 text messages, including one 22 seconds before the crash. Also troubling is that messages from Sanchez show that he allowed rail enthusiasts into the control cabin, which is forbidden by Metrolink policies. Federal officials said Sanchez sent and received 43 text messages and made four phone calls while on duty that day, including one that he sent 22 seconds before the collision. The texts indicate Sanchez had allowed the teenage boy and a friend to ride in the cab and sit at the controls four days before the crash, and that he was planning to let the teenage boy drive the train between four stations on the evening of the crash. "I'm gonna do all the radio talkin' ... ur gonna run the locomotive & I'm gonna tell u how to do it," Sanchez wrote in one text. Sat, 21 Mar 2009 07:08:22 -0700 live at leeds on March 19, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12975 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12975 shelley, every night i hear the metrolink train blow it's horn in the distance -- it breaks my heart EVERY NIGHT. i heard the train blow it's whistle minutes before the crash on that dreaded day. i watched them pull officer desha's young body out of that train and i cried. i had met her a year before, and i never forgot her. she was such a beautiful girl. she and 23 other innocent, wonderful people lost their lives that day because THE MAN YOU ARE (OBVIOUSLY)OBSSESSED WITH DECIDED IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT TO TEXT HIS BUDDIES INSTEAD OF DO HIS JOB IN A SAFE, RESPONSIBLE AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER. ROBERT SANCHEZ WAS WARNED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN NOT TO USE HIS CELL PHONE WHILE HE WAS DRIVING THOSE TRAINS. riders reported him. employees reported him. a supervisor stepped onto his train and dialed his cell phone - it rang in as he hid it in his hand ! it was supposed to be TURNED OFF WHILE HE WAS WORKING. he should have been fired. robert sanchez was a DANGEROUS, DEFIANT man who eventually killed 24 people, injured numerous other people, and shattered countless lives. get some help shelley. Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:05:28 -0700 Shelley on March 14, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12894 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12894 Everyone here who posts blaming Robert for the accident entirely lambasts him as if they've never done anything wrong themselves. And when does texting on the job make one a monster? Running a red light that apparently wasn't called out from the evidence presented at the NTSB hearing on march 3 and 4 does not make one a monster, guys. Honestly! And who in their right mind takes rush Linbaugh seriously anyway? I haven't taken him seriously for fifteen years and I don't consider myself a flaming liberal by any means. Thorough review of the physical and signal evidence may point to Rob's failure to pay attention on a stretch of track that he had travelled so many times before and so many trains had also travelled that day, but it doesn't make him a monster. More thorough safety measures may have helped to alleviate a disaster initiated by a distracted engineer for whatever reason, but you can't convince me a man who lost sleep over the death of a pedestrian hit while he operated the train days earlier would intensionally, deliberately run a red light when his own life was at stake. That's just crazy logic. It makes me angry to see people drag his name through the mud and yet it may bear out a quote someone once said "it takes years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it." It's all very sad and still gives me shivers and brings me to tears on ocasion. Call me the Rob Sanchez torch carrier and tell me I'm wrong for defending him, but I'm not convinced at all that he's in the category of dirty criminal or monster. Sorry guys I'm not buying that one. Inattentive? Breaking obvious policy? Perhaps. The investigation is still on, there was only a public hearing laying out the events that occurred just prior to the accident. People who know my interest in this have asked me what I think. What I think is that it's all very sad and he deserves some dignity, respect and courtesy like everyone else who died in the wreck.---Shelley Queen of Bells Sat, 14 Mar 2009 10:32:15 -0700 anonymous on March 5, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12545 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12545 Tragic that this had to happen. But this guy cost his own life and 24 other lives because of his carelessness. Texting teenage boys while operating a commuter train? Missing a red light as a result? Come on! I hope the NTSB does a thorough review of every conductor. Thu, 05 Mar 2009 01:02:45 -0800 anonymous on March 4, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12502 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12502 My personal memories of robert. He killed 24 people with his carelessess. Right now he is surrounded by 24 people forever asking him why ? To those defending this monster I ask, why ? Wed, 04 Mar 2009 03:12:45 -0800 Jim in Palm Springs on March 3, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12490 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12490 My initial reaction is to shake GriefGirl for being so racist and homophobic. Yet, she will fight her own demons for bearing such blind hatred. But, sadly, I have to also place blame for the accident with Robert. Who in their right mind can absolve him of any responsibility -- regardless of how nice he was. Nice doesn't bring everyone back or avoid being inattentive at work with such a huge responsibility. Robert wasn't a saint nor was he a devil. Obviously, he was unfit to drive the train that day -- for whatever reason. However, this accident should have never been allowed to happen, and if Robert is used as a scapegoat by Metrolink, this will undoubtedly happen again. As a society, we can't simply draw a line of responsibility to the easiest target or we shortchange ourselves and our safety. Robert paid for his mistake with his life and with the lives of many innocent others who depended on him to be alert and avoid this terrible accident. The fact that he was texting boys just makes the story more lurid -- the mere fact he was texting at all is more important. Secondly, the fact he was risking the lives of others by allowing teenage boys to operate the train is rather incredulous -- both on his part and on the part of Metrolink. But, to me, the most obvious failure is that something so commonplace as running a red light would lead to a huge wreck resulting in so many deaths? Come on, where's the backup systems for inattentive drivers or for those human errors that are just bound to occur? Isn't there a camera in the driver's booth that would show someone at the command center what's going on -- that being any persons who should not be allowed in the driver's car? And, especially, isn't there a warning bell or anything for running a red light? What gives? Being gay or Mexican had nothing to do with this accident. Being inattentive or texting or using your cellphone does. None of us would want to be on a plane where the pilot is texting while landing or taking off, right? Tue, 03 Mar 2009 08:19:33 -0800 GriefGirl on March 3, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12478 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12478 The media doesn't want to touch this with a ten-foot pole, so I'm going to make a few points: I just read Sanchez' bio. Whoa!!! How was this guy able to land a job as important as this? The man was gay - not that I care about his sexual orientation, but hello, that's why he was going to allow the two teenage boys who were texting him on the train! It's pretty obvious isn't it? They probably sent racy photos too to his phone - maybe Metrolink are not telling us the full story because the s*** would hit the fan? He most likely met these two teen boys on the Internet, maybe Myspace or Facebook or Craig's list. He was a loner, his lover hung himself a few years ago after finding out he (the lover) was HIV positive. He has a dirty criminal record. The media shy away from telling it like it is when dealing with minorites, gays or disabled people - they are terrified of being sued I guess. I have gay friends and minority friends by the way, but it makes me angry as h*** that no one is pointing all this out! There are millons of umployed people and these days employers will do a background check on someone applying for low-skill lame jobs, so again, how the h*** could Sanchez get this job! I'm livid. Even if the light was green, he was obviously distracted texting, being horny for teen boys. And yes, I'd be just as mad if he had been straight and texting teenage girls - doesn't matter. What matters is that he did it and that the media is not mentioning this. Howard Stern or Rush Limbaugh - are they the only ones who don't hold back? They're idiots, but at least they say the stuff everyone is afraid to say. What a totally avoidable senseless tragedy. I read all the bios, looked at the photos of all the dead people. Tue, 03 Mar 2009 01:31:29 -0800 Shelley on February 28, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12353 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c12353 I agree with Jerry, questions I had since day one concerning that stretch of track and Rob's familiarization with it. If he operated Amtrak trains he would know that stretch of track very well. If he was distracted by texting we all get distracted by something and do things never meant to be done, but it's hard to believe someone who took that stretch of track would deliberately not be paying attention especially if there was a yellow light before the station. I've learned a lot about trains and have become a regular fixture at our local train station, Fullerton, since the accident, Rob touched my life in his death. I have his picture on my home office wall. All those who perished with him, rest in peace, our hearts go out to all of you. Everytime I see a train at the station I think of Rob, it is my personal tribute to him. Love, Shelley, pearl and Brandy (the cats) :): Sat, 28 Feb 2009 06:59:19 -0800 GERRY on February 18, 2009 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c10853 http://projects.latimes.com/metrolink-crash/name/robert-m-sanchez/#c10853 After reading the Oct 4 article in the Times that stated that 3 witnesses saw green lights when the train left the station leads one to believe that Robert could possibly not be the one at fault for this accident but it sure makes him a great scapegoat since he's not here to defend himself. Of course the train ownership is not going to come forward and admit that the lights werent switched by the controller at the big board. That would make them more liable for the accident then the engineer who supposedly was texting . This man was found guilty in the court of journalism not a court of law but no one cares to wait for the final NTSB report, they have judged this man guilty from day one. But that is typical of people today, they are eager to assign blame to the first person that the reporters can dig up even the most minute piece of dirt on. For those that cast rocks I hope they come back like boomerangs. Wed, 18 Feb 2009 11:42:23 -0800