Man Struck, Killed By Bronx Subway Train After Jumping Onto Tracks While Holding Daughter

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 23, 2019 - 12:27 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A dad holding his 5-year-old daughter's hand jumped in front of an oncoming subway train in the Bronx during the height of the morning rush hour Monday, police say.

Dozens of people waiting for the train around 8 a.m. stood horrified, watching the 45-year-old father pull his little girl's hand and leap into the path of a Manhattan-bound 4 train at the Kingsbridge Road station.

"It hit him, it killed him instantly," said witness Luis Aguirre, who works in the area. "The conductor was able to apply the emergency brakes on time but it still caught the little girl a little bit. It nicked her here, it nicked her there... It was a horrible thing to see."

Cell phone video showed two good Samaritans pulling the girl out from under the train and up onto the platform.

She was shaking and crying wearing a blue sweater and a pink backpack.

Witnesses say they heard the man arguing on his cell phone before he grabbed the girl and jumped.

The child suffered some cuts and bruises and was taken by ambulance to Jacobi Medical Center. The FDNY says the injuries are not life threatening.

Service on the 4 train was suspended between Woodlawn and Burnside Avenue.