Thursday 24 August 2017

Heartbroken parents warn of the dangers of headphones after their son was killed by train

Keenan Matthes Photo: Facebook
Keenan Matthes Photo: Facebook
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The heartbroken parents of a teenager who was killed by a train has warned others of the dangers of wearing headphones.

Keenan Matthes (16) was out for a jog when he was hit in Auckland, New Zealand on April 20.

The six-foot rugby player was the only son of Karamea and Presley Matthes.

Mum Karamea said she heard about the accident on Facebook. Her worst fears were confirmed when she failed to reach her son on his mobile and ran down to the train tracks.

"I just screamed. I screamed and screamed and was telling them no. It was the worst pain ever," Karamea told Newshub New Zealand.

"It was the worst thing for any parent to find out," added Keenan's dad, Presley Matthes.

The heartbroken parents are now campaigning about the dangers of wearing headphones.

"Not only the young people but the adults as well, just to know that when you're running, when you're around the traffic, just to be aware and take one out so you can actually listen and know where you are," said Presely.

"Everything's changed, our whole world has changed and we don't want that for anyone else."

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