In the second such incident, a man in New York City was pushed onto the tracks of an oncoming subway train on Thursday, New York City Police reported.
The man, who has yet to be identified, was pushed onto the tracks, according to eyewitnesses, by a woman, for whom police are looking, making this incident the second death in a month in which a commuter was pushed in front of an oncoming train.
Thursday’s incident took place at the 40th Street-Lowery Street subway station near Queens Boulevard in the Sunnyside neighborhood of New York City's Queens district, where police recovered the body of the deceased pinned under the front of the subway carriage and badly mangled, making identification difficult.
According to eyewitnesses on the scene, the deceased man was standing near the subway tracks on the platform, waiting for the No.7 train, when an unidentified woman, who had previously been pacing up and down the platform talking to herself, eventually sitting down, rose as the subway approached and pushed the deceased, who had his back to her onto the subway tracks and was struck by the first carriage, with the assailant fleeing the scene soon after. The incident occurred around 8:04 p.m.
In a statement issued by the police, Deputy Commissioner said that it was unclear whether the woman knew the passenger she pushed onto the tracks, but did release a description of the woman along with a black-and-white screen grab from the cameras on the platform, showing a woman, believed to be the assailant, fleeing from the Queens Boulevard station. The description released of the assailant puts her being Hispanic, around the age of 20 and being described as “heavy set.” The assailant was described as being approximately 5ft. 5in. tall with brown or blonde hair, wearing a blue, white and grey ski jacket and Nike trainers.
Earlier this month, on December 3, 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han was also pushed onto the tracks at the 49th Street and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan station by 30-year-old Naeem Davis, with whom he had an altercation. The incident in particular caused a great stir as The New York Post tabloid ran a picture, taken by a freelance photographer, who was also criticized, of the deceased moments before he was killed. Davis was charged with murder.