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Family files lawsuit, blames train driver, MTA in subway push death


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Four months after her father was fatally pushed onto the subway tracks, Ashley Han has filed a lawsuit against the MTA.

Ki Suck Han, 58, was struck by a Brooklyn bound R train last December at the West 49th Street and 7th Avenue station after suspect Naeem Davis, 30, allegedly shoved him following an altercation.

“We believe that the Transit Authority must be held accountable for their actions,” said Han’s lawyer, Michael Kremins.

Kremins said that the Elmhurst man’s death could have easily been avoided if the motorman of the train had simply been paying attention.

“Their only job is to look forward and see what there is to be seen,” he said. “All you have to do is push a button to stop a train. It’s not even driving a car.”

Kremins also said that the family is still in the grieving process, and along with receiving justice, they hope to shed light on the actions of the MTA and the dangers of subway pushing.

“You can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the television without seeing some other poor person who has been injured in the subway system,” said Kremins.

Han filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, March 29.

Davis was charged with intentional murder in the second degree and depraved indifference murder in the second degree, said police.

“It’s a tragedy,” said Kremins, “especially given the fact that this man didn’t have to die.”

The lawyer trusts that the Transit Authority will do a comprehensive investigation, as they typically do when someone is injured. At the end, he hopes he, Han and her mother will get a clear story as to why the “unfortunate occurrence” happened.

The Han family is seeking reimbursement for funeral expenses, but more so, they want peace of mind.

“It’s a wrongful death,” said Kremins, “it’s a conscious pain and suffering. They’re going through a very difficult time.”

The MTA declined to comment.

-With additional reporting by Melissa Chan

 

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Daughter of Elmhurst man killed in subway shove sues


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The daughter of the Elmhurst man killed when he was pushed onto the subway tracks of a Midtown station in December is suing the MTA, according to reports.

Ki Suck Han’s 20-year-old daughter, Ashley, filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday.

Han, 58, was struck by a Brooklyn bound “R” train on December 3 at around 12:30 p.m. at the West 49th Street and 7th Avenue station after suspect Naeem Davis, 30, allegedly shoved him after an altercation.

Davis was charged with intentional murder in the second degree and depraved indifference murder in the second degree, the NYPD said.

In video footage taken on the subway platform right before the shoving incident, Davis was seen cursing and yelling at Han. He also reportedly made statements implicating himself while in custody.

The Han family is seeking reimbursement for monetary damages and funeral expenses.

Pols call for safety measures after second subway shove death


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After a second New Yorker was pushed to his death in a subway station last month, a pair of local pols are calling for the MTA to take measures to ensure the safety of city straphangers.

Sunando Sen, 46, was killed Thursday, December 27 when he was shoved in front of an oncoming No. 7 train at the 40th Street/Lowery Street station in Sunnyside.

Police arrested and charged Erika Menendez, 31, of Rego Park, with murder as a hate crime after the suspect allegedly told investigators she pushed Sen because of her scorn for Muslims and Hindus.

“I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims. Ever since 2001 when they put down the Twin Towers I’ve been beating them up,” she allegedly told detectives.

Menendez, who was seen at the station muttering to herself before shoving Sen, is reportedly undergoing psychiatric evaluation to determine if she is mentally stable.

“The defendant is accused of committing what is every subway commuter’s worst nightmare — being suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “Beyond that, the hateful remarks allegedly made by the defendant and which precipitated the defendant’s actions can never be tolerated by a civilized society.”

This marked the second incident in December that someone was pushed to their death in a subway station. Ki-Suk Han, 58, of Elmhurst, was killed on December 3 when he was pushed in front of a Q train at the 49th Street-Seventh Avenue station. Suspect Naeem Davis was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Aside from the two push deaths, 52 other straphangers were killed on subway tracks this year, whether by accident or suicide.

Among the safety steps State Senator Jose Peralta and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer proposed to prevent further fatalities were installing sliding doors, an intercom system that could connect riders with the Rail Control Center and more security cameras.

“It does strike me that in a post-9/11 world that there are no cameras at any stop,” Van Bramer said at a recent press conference.

The station where Sen was killed did not have any working cameras; Menendez was captured fleeing by nearby surveillance cameras.

“In less than a month, two of my constituents have been pushed onto subway tracks and killed,” Peralta said. “I urge the MTA to immediately act on common-sense measures to improve rider safety and security.”

Installing barriers between passengers and the train would “be both expensive and extremely challenging,” the MTA said in a statement. The agency did say though that they are considering testing such equipment “on a limited basis.”

— Additional reporting by Maggie Hayes

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