Man Killed by Subway Train When He Falls Onto Tracks During Fight


A man was fatally struck by an oncoming subway train in Queens on Monday after he fell onto the tracks during a fight on the platform at rush hour, the police said.

The man, 48, was fighting with a second man, 50, on the platform of the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station in Jackson Heights shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday. During the course of the fight he fell onto the tracks and was struck by an F train, the police said. They identified the victim late Monday as Heriberto Quintana of Queens.

The police said it was not clear if Mr. Quintana was pushed onto the subway tracks during the fight or if he fell on his own. They said the 50-year-old man had been taken into custody at the scene. The police said the fight began after the victim knocked the 50-year-old’s cellphone out of his hands and onto the tracks.

Mr. Quintana was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, a spokesman for the Police Department said. The police did not release the name of the 50-year-old Monday night

The death appeared to be the ninth fatality on the subway this year.

It scrambled subway service in Queens for roughly three hours on Monday night, and the station where it occurred was teeming with confused passengers forced to switch from one subway line to the next.

Charlton D’souza, president of Passengers United, an advocacy group, went to the Jackson Heights station after the death on Monday. He said this year’s elevated death toll made him feel like elected officials “don’t care about security.”

“Crime is out of control in our city right now,” he said. “When you pay $2.75, you should be able to get from point A to point B safely to your destination.”

It is rare for people to be killed after falling or being pushed onto subway tracks, but the killing on Monday comes after a wave of deaths and violent incidents in the subway that have shocked New Yorkers.

That wave included a fatal subway shove in January, when Michelle Go, 40, was pushed in front of an oncoming R train while she stood on the platform at the Times Square station in January. It also includes a mass shooting on an N train in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, that left 23 people injured in April.

Last week, Jayjon Burnett, 15, was shot and killed on a southbound A train in Far Rockaway, Queens, during a fight between two groups of young people. Mr. Burnett was the eighth person to be killed on the subway since the start of the year, the Police Department said at the time.

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