A man in New York City was shoved into an oncoming subway train and died after fighting with a stranger, police report.
Carlos Garcia, 50, is accused of pushing Heriberto Quintana 48, who was thrown onto the tracks of the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue 74th Street train station located in Queens at about 4:15 p.m. after they got into an argument over the loss of a cellphone. Quintana was then allegedly struck by the Northbound F subway and two cars rolled across him before the conductor was able to stop the train.
The victim was rescued from under the train and suffered severe trauma to his head and body. He was then taken by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The New York Daily News reported that surveillance footage shows two men swaying around on the platform, fighting, before the victim was thrown on the track. One witness—an MTA station attendant —reported hearing a noise on the platform prior to the victim being struck.
“I heard a loud argument, an altercation. It was two Spanish guys — older, like in their 50s,” the employee told the New York Post. “You could hear them yelling on the mezzanine level. Then I heard screams and ran down to the platform.”
In the aftermath of the fatal incident, other witnesses confirmed Garcia as the person who was believed to be fighting Quintana, which led to the man being brought to the police station to be interrogated.
Garcia was indicted on Tuesday with manslaughter, the Daily News reported.
The fatal shooting has resulted in the MTA station attendant being more concerned for his security following an increase in subway crime in the Democratic-controlled city.
“I wouldn't say I'm scared but I'm concerned,” the man said. “I'm concerned about my own safety as an MTA employee.”
As reported by the Post, it is the ninth murder to occur on the metro system in the last year. Mayor Eric Adams (D) blamed the rising number of subway deaths on gun crime on Monday, however only three of the deaths have been linked to shootings.
In New York City, violent crimes have increased by 31 percent over the last year, and crime in transit has increased by an astounding 41.4 percent, as per NYPD Crime statistics.