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