58-Year-Old Ki Suk Han Fatally Struck by Subway TrainNEWS, News Right, PEOPLE, SLIDER Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
By Gina Chung
Update: Police reportedly have the suspect in custody (via NBC 4 New York)
Yesterday afternoon, Elmhurst, Queens resident and father Ki Suk Han was struck and killed by a subway train after he was pushed onto the tracks.
The New York Post reports the victim, identified as 58-year-old Ki Suk Han, was attempting to “protect fellow straphangers from a deranged man” at the 49th Street station when he was suddenly shoved onto the tracks by the suspect.
Before the incident, onlookers say the suspect and Han exchanged heated words.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said the suspect was believed to have been “talking to himself” and most likely instigated a fight with Han.
“At least one witness felt that the aggressor was emotionally disturbed,” Browne said.
Han was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He is survived by a wife and college-aged daughter.
Officials have released a photo of the man believed to have pushed Han onto the tracks, who fled the scene.
[Warning: Following image is disturbing and may be triggering for some] The cover of today’s New York Post, which shows Han struggling to lift himself back onto the platform, has also drawn ire from many. Taken by freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi, the photo has led readers to ask why the photographer took the pictures instead of helping Han.
Some are questioning why the photographer took photos instead of trying to help Han up. (This is part of a never-ending debate about photojournalism.) The photographer, freelancer R. Umar Abbasi, tells the tabloid, “I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash. The most painful part was I could see him getting closer to the edge. He was getting so close.”
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