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For second time in month, man pushed to death in New York subway

December 27, 2012|By Steve Padilla
  • Naeem Davis is accused of killing New York subway rider Ki-Suck Han by pushing him onto the tracks Dec. 3. On Thursday night, another New York commuter was killed after he was shoved into the path of an oncoming train.
Naeem Davis is accused of killing New York subway rider Ki-Suck Han by pushing… (William C. Lopez / Associated…)

A man was crushed to death Thursday night in New York after a woman shoved him into the path of an oncoming subway train, the second time this month that a commuter was killed after being pushed onto the tracks.

The incident occurred in Queens just after 8 p.m., when a man waiting for the No. 7 elevated train was pushed to his death by a woman who had been mumbling to herself, the New York Police Department said.

“Witnesses said she was walking back and forth on the platform, talking to herself, before taking a seat alone on a wooden bench near the north end of the platform,” Paul J. Browne, NYPD deputy commissioner, said in a statement. “When the train pulled into the station, the suspect rose from the bench and pushed the man, who was standing with his back to her, onto the tracks into the path of the train. The victim appeared not to notice her, according to witnesses.”

The man’s identity was not released. “He was struck by the first of the 11-car train, with his body pinned under the front of the second car as the train came to a stop,” Browne said.

Police described the woman, who fled, as a heavy-set Latina, approximately 5 foot 5, with brown or blond hair. She was described as wearing a blue, white and gray ski jacket, and Nike sneakers, gray on top, red on bottom.

On Dec. 3, Ki-Suck Han was crushed by an oncoming train at a subway station in Midtown Manhattan. Han, 58, had been on his way to the South Korean Consulate to renew his passport when, witnesses said, he became involved in an argument with a man who had been harassing people waiting on the subway platform. Han was pushed onto the tracks, his final moments captured by a photographer.

A man authorities described as homeless, Naeem Davis, 30, was arrested two days later and charged with second-degree murder. 

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