before a San Antonio woman was struck and killed by a train as she lay passed
out on the tracks, she was celebrating her boyfriend's birthday at a nearby
Bexar County officials on Wednesday
identified the woman as Sierra Barber, 23. She was killed around 5:30 a.m.
Sunday at the railroad tracks near Walzem Road and Interstate 35. The medical
examiner's office said her cause of death was blunt force trauma.
responding to the accident told reporters Barber had suffered serious injuries
to her head and legs. Paramedics took her to San Antonio Military Medical
Center, where she later died.
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train struck the car around 3:15 a.m., Oct. 11, near Quintana Road and
Southwest Loop 410.
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that night, Barber was at Bar 23, in the 4400 block of Walzem Road, celebrating
with her boyfriend, Isaac Perez, he told mySA.com. By
2:30 a.m., he was making sure she was able to sit up without falling backwards
due to her level of intoxication.
Soon after, he got into a fight with
someone at the bar and woke up in the hospital.
Authorities informed him of Barber's
"I didn't want to believe it at
all," he said. "I kept saying 'No, she's still with us. She's not
gone.' And when everybody was gone, I just broke down crying."
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When he asked authorities why Barber
wasn't at the hospital with him, they told him she had refused service, Perez
said. Woody Woodward, a spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department, said
paramedics responded to Bar 23 around 2:30 a.m. but he was not able to provide
any details on who they helped or whether Barber refused service.
How she ended up on the train tracks
miles away from the bar is unclear. Police are investigating Barber's death,
and the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office has not determined whether her
death was a homicide.
"It is terrible," Perez
said. "Me and her had so many big plans for our future."
Barber leaves behind two children. A GoFundMe page created by her sister, Alexis
Talley, asks for donations that will be used to give her a "proper service