Tuesday evening saw the untimely death of a man who was pushed in front of an oncoming train by a mystery ‘mad’ woman on the Queens bound number 7 line.
According to the nypost, the as of yet unnamed man was waiting at 40th st station of the number 7 line in Sunnyside at 8pm when he was shoved.
Recalled one of the eight witnesses who were standing on the platform at the time:
“This lady, she just pushed the guy on the tracks. Then she ran away. I was screaming and closing my eyes. I knew he was gonna get hit by the train. That’s why I closed my eyes. I didn’t want to see it.
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.”
At the time the woman was seen sitting on a bench talking to herself, at times pacing back and forth.
Continues the witness: ‘She was acting weird and crazy.’
Upon being pushed the witness describes the victim as appearing ‘shocked but not screaming.’
‘He didn’t even know she was there.’
Following the impact, the man’s mangled body was wedged between the train’s second car and the tracks. So badly was he hit officials were said to have a difficult time making a description of the individual.
Witnesses go on to say that the woman had waited until the very last moment before turning to push the man onto the path of the oncoming train. Assuring no time that he could have made it back up on the elevated street platform.
The perpetrator caught on video fleeing the station is described as being Hispanic, in her 20s, heavyset and about 5-foot-5, wearing a blue, white and gray ski jacket and Nike sneakers with gray on top and red on the bottom.
Stunned witnessed had at the time attempted to stop the woman who nevertheless managed to make a get away.
At present it has yet to be discerned whether the man knew the woman or what motive the woman may have had. Authorities have gone on to say that there was no video of the incident or suspect from the station itself (save this video below from a street pizza parlor), but detectives are now canvassing locations along Queens Blvd for witnesses and surveillance video.
The incident brings to a second in which two individuals have been murdered at the hands of assailants, the other one being on December 3, when 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han was shoved in front of a train in Times Square.
A photograph of him on the tracks a split second before he was killed was published on the front of the New York Post the next day, causing an uproar and debate over whether the photographer, who had been waiting for a train, should have tried to help him and whether the newspaper should have run the image.
Apparently no one else tried or perhaps were unable to help Han, either.
Being pushed onto the train tracks is a silent fear for many of the commuters who ride the city’s subway a total of more than 5.2 million times on an average weekday, but deaths are rare. Nonetheless it is probably one of the most silent fears many New Yorkers carry living in a city where anonymity allows depraved individuals to run amok.
At present no leads as to the actual identity of the woman assailant.