Man to New York City subway death
The suspect, Naeem Davis, was being questioned today in Manhattan, in connection to the grisly death of Ki Suk Han, 58, who was thrown onto the tracks on Monday afternoon, the New York Post reported.
Mr Han’s death has provoked fury from among some wondering why nobody, including a photographer who captured the man final moments, pulled the victim to safety.
Naeem Davis, who was identified as a street vendor, was picked up on 50th Street near Seventh Avenue by a transit police captain, who was on a coffee break at 1.30 pm and ran over to grab him.
Mr Han had approached a man who had been harassing and swearing at commuters and tried to calm him down, witnesses said.
“It’s one of those great tragedies, it’s a blot on all of us, New York City Mayor Bloomberg said.
“And if you could do anything to stop it, you would. But the good news is it happens phenomenally rarely. group of bystanders at the station did attempt to alert the driver of the train to the man’s presence on the tracks but it appears no one tried to pull the man to safety.
One of those bystanders was a freelance photographer from who managed to take a series of photos, including the one occupying the whole front page of Tuesday’s New York Post under the headline: “Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die.”
In a video report on the story, the photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, said the pictures were the unintentional by-products of his attempt to rescue the man.
“Not being strong enough to physically lift the victim himself the photographer used the only resources available to him and began rapidly flashing his camera to signal the train conductor to stop,” the Post’s report said.
Abbasi said he used his camera principally to warn the approaching train driver.
“I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” he said.
But that didn’t convince some readers and critics on Twitter.
“Wow! enough time to take a few pictures. Why didn’t the person help? How many pictures did they take? 3-4 pictures. And nobody tried to help. Not one person,” wrote Joseph Monte on the Post’s website.