Expectant mother speaks out after fiancé dies in collision with train

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — The pregnant fiance of Darris Robinson, the man who was killed when his car collided with a train, is speaking out. Robinson was on his way to work on Wednesday, when police say, he went around the railroad crossing arms near Grant Street and Airport Lane SW.

“Things like this — it’s nothing to play with,” said Christina Eldridge, through tears. “I know that he knows better, that’s why I said there would have had to have been something else on his mind. I’m very big on the tracks, because we have tracks down the street where we’ve had several people to die while we were living here, and that’s what we talked about. I would never go around the train, and he knows better. I know it would’ve had to have been a lot more going on with him than just the train tracks at that moment.”

In this time of mourning, Eldridge is speaking about the man she has loved since she was a teenager. “In my heart, he’ll always be my husband,” she said.

Elridge said it’s been cathartic for her to talk about Robinson.  “Darris was very kind-hearted and there’s nothing that he wouldn’t do for you or do for me.”  Eldridge is 6 months into her pregnancy, and she wants her daughter to know about her father and about safety around the tracks.  “That her daddy loves her,” she said.  “Even though she won’t get to know him–but he does.  He lives inside me.”

Since the collision, Eldridge has been overwhelmed by the number of calls and messages that she’s received.  “I’ve had people write to me that were on the train,” she explained.

There is now a memorial of red flowers by the tracks where Robinson was killed.  “I’m going to make sure I pay visits to him every chance I get,” said Eldridge.  “I’m going to go, and I’m going to sit there, and I’m going to talk to him.  I’m going to make sure that he knows that I’m here, and I’m not going anywhere.”

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