Subway users were 'frightened' for their safety when another person

Subway users were 'frightened' for their safety when another person was pushed into rails and murdered by incoming train Queens.

Subway users were 'frightened' for their safety when another person
 Credit : Jeenah Moon New York Times

An altercation about a dropped phone turned deadly late Monday when a 50-year-old man threw another into the path of an approaching Queens subway train, according to authorities.

After accidently stumbling into the suspect at about 4:45 p.m., Heriberto Quintana, 48, got into a confrontation with him, leading the suspect's phone to fall over the tracks of the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue Station.

"I heard a loud quarrel, a fight." "It was two Spanish males - elderly, maybe in their 50s," recalled an MTA station cleaner. "On the mezzanine level, you could hear them shouting. I hurried down to the platform when I heard cries."

Quintana was thrown to the tracks and struck by an incoming F train going for Jamaica. He was "living and breathing" when the witness saw him, but he died at a nearby hospital.

"It's unfortunate that this has become the new normal." I've spent half my life working down here. It's a fight if it's not a subway surfer; if it's a fight, it's a stabbing or a shooting. I wouldn't call me afraid, but I am concerned."

A Queens Village resident expressed his fear of riding the train right now. "There should be no deaths on the metro, period." This could have happened to anyone."

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