A NEW mom was killed when her partner tried to beat on-coming train and drove onto the tracks, cops say.
Rhonda Clay, 30, was being driven home from hospital by 32-year-old Brittinie Green, after giving birth prematurely to a baby girl named Lovely.
The Amtrak passenger train struck the BMW X3 around 5 pm near Sheldon Road and Beaumont Highway in east Harris County, Texas.
Clay was ejected from the car which was pushed several hundred feet down the tracks by the force of the impact from the New Orleans to Los Angeles train.
She was declared dead at the scene after Wednesday’s incident and Green has now been charged with manslaughter, the Houston Chronicle reports.
She accused of recklessly causing the death of her partner by driving around the railroad crossing arms and onto the tracks according to Harris County court documents.
According to deputies, the arms were in the down position when Green drove around them, indicating a train was coming.
The dead woman’s mother Cassandra Clay said her daughter and Green women became friends in high school and in May moved in together.
Green tended to drive fast and was likely trying to beat the train in a rush to get home, she said.
But she said she does not think Green deserves to be charged with manslaughter.
"Knowing her, I know it wasn't intentional. She's going to hold stuff more against herself than we would."
She said her daughter always wanted and became pregnant through IVF treatment after several years of trying.
Nearly three weeks ago, she was hospitalized with pregnancy complications and doctors performed a C-section on Monday.
Clay gave birth to her 24-week-old daughter, named Lovely.
The family says their faith will now carry them through the family will raise Rhonda's newborn baby girl.
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Her younger siblings paid tribute to their sister.
"My sister was at every track meet I had when I was in school. She was my biggest supporter," said Rhonda's brother Caleb told ABC13.
Her other brother James added: "I just want to tell my sister that I love her. She means the world to me. That's my best friend. We grew up together."