Sacto 9-1-1
November 4, 2013
UPDATE: Woman struck by Amtrak train was UC Davis grad

A woman who died Sunday evening when she was struck by an Amtrak train at the Davis station was identified Monday as Andrea Laurette Mrotz, 29, of Vallejo, a UC Davis graduate and Bay Area activist.

Mrotz graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in microbiology, said UC Davis spokeswoman Julia Ann Easley.

According to Mrotz's Facebook page and newspaper accounts, she was a leader of Label GMOs Vallejo/Benicia, a grassroots organization that has lobbied to require labeling of foods if they contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Pamm Larry, Northern California director of LabelGMOs.org, said Mrotz was one of the leaders during last November's campaign for Proposition 37, a measure that would have required most foods with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled in California.

"She was an amazing, energetic, creative organizer who was committed to food safety and sovereignty," Larry said in an email. " She was a traveler, adventurer and full of life. We are saddened by her early departure and will miss her very much."

The accident occurred at 7:07 p.m. Sunday as an eastbound Capitol Corridor train was pulling into the Davis station, according to Amtrak officials.

Investigation of the accident is being conducted by Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the tracks on which Amtrak operates.

Aaron Hunt, a Union Pacific spokesman, said in an email that a full investigation will not be complete until the coroner's report is received. He said Mrotz was crossing from one side of the station platform to the other when she was struck by the train.

He said there was no indication of foul play.

"We do not know if a cell phone or other electronic device was in use at the time of the incident," Hunt said.

Amtrak officials said 314 passengers and crew members were aboard the train when the accident occurred and none was injured.

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