Family's tribute to mum and son hit by train in Riddlesdown

Croydon Guardian: Donna Oettinger and her son Zaki Donna Oettinger and her son Zaki

The family of a mother and son who died at Riddlesdown rail station last month, have paid tribute to a "devoted mother" and "a happy little boy full of fun."

Donna Oettinger, 41, and her three-year-old son Zaki were struck by a train at Riddlesdown station during rush hour on Friday, March 22.

A statement issued through British Transport Police, said: "Donna was a devoted mother, daughter, sister and auntie, who always had a big smile and a sparkle in her eyes.

"She was a single mum who loved and cared for her family and worked hard to provide and care solely for Zaki, who she worshipped.

"They had lots of fun and adventures together, travelling around the country, visiting friends and abroad to see Zaki’s dad, who was unable to leave Egypt for various reasons.

"Our beloved darling Zaki - a very happy little boy full of fun and mischief - loved dancing to music, playing with his toys, going to playschool and spending time with Lisa, his childminder, while Donna was at work.

"Donna suffered from severe anxiety, and our thoughts go out to sufferers and families of anxiety, an illness not to be underestimated.

"We wish to express our gratitude for all the help and messages we have received from families, friends, work colleagues and all of the people we have never even met.

"Donna and Zaki were very much loved by family and friends and as a family, our hearts are in pieces."

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Miller, senior investigating officer, said a number of enquiries into the incident were continuing, including viewing CCTV from the station and surrounding area and speaking to witnesses.

An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned in due course.

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9:27pm Tue 2 Apr 13

andrewss says...

This is such a sad story.
One cannot possibly try to imagine what was going through her mind that morning.
May they both now rest in peace X Thoughts and prayers to all involved, witnesses and the driver who will be distraught by the incident.
This is such a sad story. One cannot possibly try to imagine what was going through her mind that morning. May they both now rest in peace X Thoughts and prayers to all involved, witnesses and the driver who will be distraught by the incident. andrewss
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