New York City boasts the world’s largest subway system, with 469 stations and over 5 and a half million daily riders. However, a recent rash of people being pushed in front of oncoming trains has straphangers nervous. The most recent incidents happened so quick New York’s tabloids could barely keep up with them.
Early Sunday morning, 25-year-old Aaron Clary of Newark, NJ pushed his friend into the path of an oncoming train on the West Side of Manhattan after a night of drunken carousing. The pair and a friend had been drinking all night at Peter McManus Café, one of the city’s oldest bars, open since 1932. It’s not clear what precipitated the push, but when EMS crews arrived they found the 54-year-old victim pinned beneath a subway car with injuries to his head and foot. He was taken to the famed Bellevue Hospital, where he is stable condition. Clary surrendered to police and charged with attempted manslaughter and assault charges.
Less than 24 hours later, and under a mile away, a woman pushed her boyfriend onto the tracks at the Union Square station during a lover’s quarrel. Fortunately for him, no trains were coming, and he was treated for minor injuries and released. At first he told police he fell onto the tracks, but they later learned an argument led to him being pushed off the platform. His girlfriend fled the scene and is presumably still at large.
Fortunately neither event ended in the loss of life. Sadly, the same can not be said for an episode last week at the Times Square station. Melanie Liverpool-Turner, 30, is accused of pushing 49-year-old Connie Watton in front of an approaching train and to her death. Liverpool-Turner has a history of mental illness and has told police she hears voices telling her to push people in front of trains. She has been charged with murder and is currently being held without bail.
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