Pregnant College Athlete’s Modeling Dreams Cut Short by Freak Train Accident

A 19 year old pregnant Volleyball athlete and college co-ed  from Texas would have turned 20 this past Monday but for a tragic train accident last Friday as she was chasing her childhood dreams of becoming a model.

Fredzania “Zannie” Thompson of College Station, Texas was posing for a photo session on the train tracks in a city 80 miles north of Houston last Friday, March 10 when she heard a train approaching and scampered out of the way to avoid it.

Only she was hit by an oncoming train heading in the other direction and died en route to the hospital, TheEagle.com reports. Witnesses say she was struck in between the two tracks seen in her very last photo taken before the horrific incident. The photos, taken by a friend of a friend and “were to be the beginning of a portfolio the young woman was hoping to use in her pursuit of a modeling career,” the Eagle notes.

Thompson’s 25-year old fiance Earl Chatman said they found out about the pregnancy weeks ago. He set up a GoFundMe account to seek help to offset burial expenses.  He told the Eagle that Thompson had been offered several modeling opportunities in the past, but had turned them down.

He shared how she called him only two weeks ago to share the pregnancy news with him and was crying happy tears.

“She said, ‘You’re going to be a dad again,'” he said, sharing also how Thompson deeply loved his 7-year-old son, who would have become her stepson.

She seemed to be a motherly figure to him, Chatman said, and the boy has been troubled by her death.

“He woke up crying this morning,” Chatman told the paper. “He thought [her death] was a dream.”

Both Thompson’s mother and fiance said she was kind, welcoming and loved her friends. She would help anyone who was hurting and give them advice.


Per reports, Thompson was an athlete at Navasota High School and had earned several athletic scholarships choosing to attend Blinn College in Bryan, Texas.

“She was more interested in modeling,” her mother, Hakamie Stevenson, said. “That’s definitely what she wanted to do. It’s what she had started to do the day she was deceased.

Thompson’s family posted the last photo she took before getting killed on Facebook which was posted on a funeral home’s home page.

How chilling and sad. May her soul rest in peace. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Photos: Facebook/GoFundMe

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