A daughter is in critical condition after she heroically jumped onto train tracks in Atlanta to save her mother from an oncoming train.
Katie Wenszell, 28, rushed to help her mom, Sue, after a stranger randomly pushed her onto the Midtown MARTA station tracks on Sunday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.
Christopher Patrick Brooklin, 28, allegedly attacked without warning or provocation.
The woman and her five daughters, from Milwaukee, were in town for a girls' trip, according to Jerry Wenszell, the girl's father.
“Had Katie not jumped onto the tracks," he said. "Sue would not be here.”
Brooklin, who had a diminished mental capacity, according to police, did not make eye contact or give any warning before he pushed the woman, the father said.
As soon as he did though, Katie Wenszell flew to action, leaping on the tracks to drag her unconscious mother out of the way.
Tragically, though she saved her mother, she couldn't get herself out of harm's way in time.
"She was caught and beaten between the railroad tracks and the undercarriage of the vehicle," her father said, according to WBRC in Atlanta.
When the train hit her, Katie Wenszell was badly injured. She suffered a brain injury from the impact. Her elbow was fractured, her right foot was amputated and her left shoulder was torn off. She underwent multiple surgeries, including facial reconstruction.
"Had she not done that, my wife would be coming home in a funeral box," Jerry Wenszell said.
Brooklin was charged with aggravated assault and battery.
Jerry Wenszell told WSB-TV that his faith in God helps him be strong during this difficult situation but he wants Brooklin to pay for what he did.
"The only thing I want is to have him off the streets so that somebody else doesn’t end up becoming a victim," he said.
[Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office]
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