One 15-year-old girl from Russia loved sharing her image on social media. She would take selfies whenever the mood struck her, which was often, and then share them via her phone with her friends, followers, and the world at large. But Karina Baymukhambetova was killed when she stepped in front of a speeding train in Orsk to get the best selfie of her life.
Moments after she told her relative to “be afraid of nothing in life,” the train slammed into the teenager and left her body “cut to pieces” in the devastating aftermath.
Although the conductor of the train applied the emergency brake, there was not enough time for the large, speeding train to stop before it slammed into the teenage school girl. Karina was “cut into pieces” that day on the train tracks in Orsk, Orenburg when she sacrificed her life to stand in front of a freight train to get the selfie.
Karina was with her relative when she stepped out into the tracks for the photo opportunity. The relative warned her that it was dangerous, but she didn’t listen to him, instead urging him to be brave and to be “afraid of nothing.”
According to a report from local media: “The train driver spotted people on the railway line and sounded his horn. He applied the train’s emergency brakes but failed to stop the train in time to avoid a tragedy. The boy managed to jump away, but the girl was not so lucky and was hit by the train, which cut her body into pieces.”
Because the little girl died because of her vanity, social media published an outpouring of grief and sadness for her loss. It was such a sad and unexpected thing for them to learn about Karina.
A friend of the deceased school girl, Anastasia Meshkova wrote, “We remember, we love, we grieve.”
Another friend, Lena Dzyuba wrote, “Such grief. How her mother cried, my heart almost broke into pieces. So awful.”
The police are wondering if they need to open a criminal case into the death of the teenage girl. However, the true tragedy seems to be Karina’s desire to capture a selfie, which ultimately inspired her to go into a dangerous place and risk her life for social media acceptance and fame.
Transport senior police youth liaison inspector Denis Khnykin told parents of Russian children: “I ask you to pay your attention once again and to warn your relatives. Please remind them of the fact that railways are dangerous both for your health and life.”
Although Russian authorities have placed warning signs on train tracks, young Russians are risking their lives to get better selfies than their friends. They want to impress people and know that standing on the track as a speeding train approached would get a lot of “likes” on social media platforms.
However, such risk is simply not worth it as Karina’s parents have made clear.
In another incident, a fourteen-year-old Russian youth received electric shocks while trespassing on train tracks to get a better photo opportunity.