It’s becoming an all too familiar scenario; person gets pushed onto subway tracks and dies. Earlier this month a subway shove killed a Queens father of two. Ki-Suck Han was pushed in front of a train in Times Square on Dec. 3. A photograph of him moments before the train hit him was published on the cover of the New York Post, causing an uproar. Now last night (Thursday), a woman pushed a stranger onto the tracks and killed them.
The 20 – 25 year old woman, a 5-foot-5, 190 lb, Hispanic, shoved a man who was waiting on the 40th Street Station on the 7 Line in Queens. Authorities say the woman who has short, dark, curly hair, immediately fled the scene. She is said to be wearing a ski jacket and Nike sneakers. Witnesses say,
“This lady, she just pushed the guy on the tracks. Then she ran away. I was screaming and closing my eyes,” said witness Tenzing Tegeng, 21, one of five people on the platform.
“I could see him, and I could see a train coming. And I couldn’t do anything. I was so helpless. He was trying to get up. It was so fast,” she said.
Authorities say the woman didn’t speak when she pushed the man. It is unclear whether or not the victim and the woman knew each other or had some prior interaction before the shove. Police spokesman Paul Browne said witnesses said she had been following him closely and mumbling to herself. He said she got up from a nearby bench and shoved him as the train pulled into the platform. Tenzing Tegeng, a witness, said about the man right before the push, “He looked shocked. He didn’t scream.” Law enforcement say they may be able to identify the man from his laptop and wallet that were found at the scene.
The suspect was said to be acting strange before the incident, mumbling to herself on a bench and pacing the platform. After she pushed the victim, she fled down the stairs to Queens Boulevard. This quick clip of surveillance video is all police have as of now of the woman.
Police have not located the suspect yet. Be extra cautious riding the subway these days and remain far back on the platform, staying alert as this is becoming an all too common scenario.