MARYSVILLE, California (KCRA) --A 16-year-old girl is fighting for her life and her late boyfriend is being hailed as a hero after the pair were struck by a train.
Mickayla Friend of Marysville, California is in critical condition; her boyfriend Mateus Moore was killed instantly.
The pair were struck while walking to a school dance Saturday evening.
People taking in a baseball game near the tracks watched helplessly as the train approached the pair.
"The engineer was on the horn," said Sean Stark, who saw the incident happen. "Then finally, they both looked back at the same time."
Stark said the teenage boy made a split second decision.
"They would have both been underneath that train if he didn't push her out of the way at the last second," said Stark.
"It's her first boyfriend, and her first love," Alithya Friend, Mickayla's sister said. "And she just got it taken away from her in an instant."