A 58-year-old Queens man was pushed onto the subway train tracks and killed by an oncoming train on Monday, the New York Post reports.
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Ki Suk Han was reportedly trying to protect fellow passengers from a “deranged” man who was allegedly harassing other passengers. At some point, the man pushed Han into the train tracks and the train hit him. A photographer from The Post was waiting on the platform at the time Han was pushed. He saw Han struggling to get back on the platform and even shot his flash repeatedly to get the train to slow.
“I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” said Umar Abbasi, whose camera captured last shots of Han’s life.
The Post has more on this tragic story:
The train slowed, but a dazed and bruised Han still wound up hopelessly caught between it and the platform as it came to a halt.
A shaken Abbasi said the train “crushed him like a rag doll.”
Dr. Laura Kaplan, a second-year resident at Beth Israel Medical Center who was also on the platform, sprang into action, taking off her coat, grabbing her stethoscope and rushing over to help the dying man.
“People were shouting and yelling when it happened, but then people ran the other way,” said Kaplan, 27.
“I heard what I thought were heart sounds,” she said, but Han never took a breath.
“There was blood coming out his mouth. We couldn’t do CPR. He wasn’t in the right position. and there was just no way to get him out of there.”
Han, who lived with his wife and college-age daughter in Elmhurst, was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
His attacker was last seen running out of the station’s 47th Street exit — at the north end of Times Square — heading northbound on Seventh Avenue. Cops last night were scouring surveillance video for signs of him.
The killer was described by police as black, 30 to 40 years old, about 5-foot-9, with short dreadlocks. He was wearing a white T-shirt, dark jacket, filthy jeans, black sneakers with a white stripe and a black beanie cap.
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Perhaps the saddest part of this tragedy is that Han and his wife argued before he left their Queens apartment. His wife told the cops that he had been drinking; officials found a bottle of vodka on Han after he was hit by the train.
“We had a fight,” the widow said through tears. “I kept calling him and calling him to see where he was, but he didn’t answer.”
For the full story and a photo of Han before the train hit him, please go to The Post.