According to police, a man died Saturday Oct.2 while “surfing” on top of a moving metro train in New York City.
The 32-year-old was pronounced dead on the spot. According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), there was no other crime involved.
Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, the victim was surfing in the car of a southbound “J” train at Essex Street and the Williamsburg Bridge when terrified witnesses saw him “falling from the train and getting run over,” according to the New York Post.
According to investigators, the victim fell off the subway roof and hit on the northbound side of the tracks, which is adjacent to the southbound side. He was later run over by another subway train there.
Service was momentarily interrupted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which shut off power while emergency crews arrived.
The man’s identity has not been revealed since his family has yet to be notified. There were no other victims.
Subway surfers have been involved in incidents that have resulted in death. The number of occurrences of subway surfing increased by 15% in 2019 compared to 2018, according to Gothamist.
In November 2019, a 14-year-old Bronx boy died while riding the 7 train. The incident happened on the elevated track near Queensboro Plaza.
The victim Eric Rivera, a 14-year-old Bronx native, was recognized by his cousin, Chris Santos, 23.
“I just want to say it was extremely foolish of him to surf the train, he should have never been on the roof of the train, but the kid had a soul of gold,” Santos said according to the Gothamist.
“He was the type of person who would give you his last dollar, and would make sure all his friends were okay before himself…I don’t care what anyone says he didn’t deserve to die even if he played with his life”, the victim’s cousin went on to say.
Following the incident, a group of youngsters reportedly congregated at a neighboring Checkers. One of them confessed, “It’s my fault.” and “I always go up with him when he asks me. I should have told him no.”
While surfing outside of a C train, a serial subway surfer and transit repeat offender was also apprehended.
“Riding on the outside of a subway car is incredibly dangerous, disruptive, and foolish—it can cause major delays and easily result in death,” New York City Transit chief Andy Byford said after that incident, Gothamist reported.