2nd Man Pushed to His Death in NYC Subway

'Mumbling' woman flees after shoving man

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2012 2:28 AM CST | Updated Dec 28, 2012 7:48 AM CST

(Newser) – For the second time this month, a man has been killed after being shoved onto New York City subway tracks. Last night's victim hasn't been identified, but several witnesses saw the incident, the New York Daily News reports: A young woman was mumbling as she wandered along a subway platform in Queens. After sitting on a bench, she "waited until the train came into the station and approached this individual from behind and pushed him in front of the train," a police spokesman says.

"We haven’t determined whether it was random or if there was some connection" between the woman and man, the spokesman adds, but witnesses saw no evidence that they knew each other. The man seemed not to have noticed the woman, witnesses say. Police have released surveillance footage of the woman fleeing the scene, the AP reports. They describe her as a heavyset, 5-foot-5 Hispanic woman in her 20s. The New York Times adds that police were able to obtain images of her from a local restaurant's cameras, which were directed toward the subway stairs. "She jumps from the stairs and she just runs," the owner says.

Morning commuters ride a downtown-bound, west side subway train toward New York's Times Square, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.
Morning commuters ride a downtown-bound, west side subway train toward New York's Times Square, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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