Horrible! Man Pushed Onto Subway Tracks Is Refused Help, NY Commuters Watch Him Die

What an absolute shame.  A man was cruelly pushed onto the subway tracks yesterday afternoon in New York City.  As he struggled to get back onto the platform eighteen commuters just stood and watched until a subway train hit and killed him.  There was enough time to take pictures of the terrified man, but apparently not enough to grow compassion and a spine to pull him out.

According to The Daily Mail,

A passenger who witnessed a man being crushed by a subway train today spoke of his anger at the failure of 18 people on the platform to save him – including the photographer who had time to take chilling pictures of his final moments.

Patrick Gomez, who admitted that he also ‘froze’ at the scene, said it was a ‘real shame’ that no-one had the courage to ‘step up’ and attempt to rescue Ki Suk Han, 58, after he was pushed onto the line at the New York subway station yesterday afternoon.

Gomez, 37, said: ‘People who were on the platform could have pulled him up but they didn’t have the courage. They just didn’t react like that.’

And he reserved his strongest criticism for photographer R. Umar Abbasi, who shot the chilling photograph of Mr Han watching as the subway train barreled towards him in the final moments.

The image appeared on the front page of the New York Post this morning with the headline ‘Doomed’. The 58-year-old can be seen looking at the train with his arms outstretched he tries to heave himself out of its path.

Mr Gomez spoke for millions who expressed their outrage today at the commuters on the Times Square platform who witnessed the man being pushed in front of the train but did not try to pull him to safety.

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  • Sasja

    Typical of New Yorkers. Nothing new here.

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  • http://! l.barney

    Book all the bystanders who did nothing as well as that photographer!

    SHAME!

  • EJ

    We are effed.

  • ROger.45

    A deranged human pushed Ki Suk Han onto the subway tracks and he was subsequently killed by a train.

    Jovan Belcher shot and killed Kasandra Perkins.

    Both actions, by humans, resulted in the death of another person.

    Availability of handguns was blamed for the death of Ms. Perkins, according to Bob Costas.

    Will Bob Costas now blame the train for Mr. Han’s death?

  • srdem65

    No one can predict how they would act in an emergency. Will you step up and help, will you freeze as your brain tries to process what is happening, will you run away in fear of the ugly thing you see? No one can predict what happens next.

    Think: a car rolls over on a man. Four men try to lift the car, four men stand and watch, one takes a photo, one calls 911.

  • CV1

    Who said anything about the race of anybody involved in this incident?

  • Buzzy

    Is this story any different than the radical islamists beheading human beings? Not really. We now have a culture that has no compassion, care, or concern for their fellow citizens. Thank you very much for those that agreed to feed their kids violent video games, Hollywood for their quest for the most violent and bloody movies, and the parents that have had no compunction to instill good moral values, and a respect for human life in their children. I’m not a bit surprised at the New Yorkers standing by and doing absolutely nothing, it’s what the liberal culture has brough us. We are now no better than the radical islamists.

  • chicagojenn

    I take the subway daily here in Chicago, I see from the photo that there is a center divider just like in my city, why didn’t the man run to the divider instead of trying to pull himself onto the platform? we’ll never know the answer. I am so sorry for this man and his family.

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  • The Elector of Saxony

    “Who said anything about the race of anybody involved in this incident?”

    R. Ummar Abassi. Yeah, he’s an old Yankee, I’m sure.

  • Ghost

    #1
    Shame on you

  • Annoyed In Illinois

    In the America of today this doesn’t surprise me one lick. The only thing that mystifies me is that there isn’t some moron somewhere posting a video (to Hip-Hop world or whatever the hell it is) and laughing as this poor soul is killed.

    A whole lot more outrage came from the White House over aspiring thug Treyvon Martin than there will over this. After all, this man was an Asian, not black.

    No, no, Nancy, you can bet that not one f***ing word of solace will come from Odumbo to the grieving relatives of the victim.

  • FurryGuy

    #12 December 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm
    Ghost commented:

    Ever hear of Kitty Genovese? Shame on you.

  • Fu#k Obama

    And how much did the photographer make for selling his photo, his motivation perhaps?

  • Joe Blow

    Don’t you just love New York! Unfortunately it isn’t just New York but it’s becoming that way all over the United States.

  • Annoyed In Illinois

    Interersting: Kitty Genovese was killed by a black and so was this man on the subway but nary a mention in the lamestream press. All we read is of the pathetic onlookers, not the feral savages who commit these horrible crimes.

    Where’s Bob Costas when we need him? Whoops, again a black perp.

  • accidentwaitingtohappen

    It’s an Obama world. Yeah, I said it.

  • zed

    I thank God every day I moved out of that cesspool 25 years ago.

  • Sasja

    I’m sorry ghost, my meaning was I was not surprised at the non-response by yankees, and as far as I am concerned it is typical of them when someone is in trouble.

    That poor man could have been saved if someone had cared just a little. But they didn’t, and he wasn’t.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    first story i ever heard that ends like this..

    truly sad statement on the “new age humanists”..

    he would have probably been saved were he a tree.. *sigh*

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  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    Sasja #20 December 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    there you go, painting with that broad brush of yours again.. :-(

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  • Sasja

    I refuse to allow my city to turn into a cesspool and thankfully we have enough citizens and people elected to the city council who feel the same. We get a few libs trying to ruin the place but we kick them to the curb.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    FurryGuy #14 December 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    there have been other Kitty Genovese’s throughout the years that no
    one has ever hear of.. but that you had to go back to 1964 to not only
    try and prove someone else’s shameful point, but to place the shame
    on someone else truly laughable.. and frankly shocking that you did..

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  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    there have also been numerous acts of courage that never
    make GP or any other headlines, but you won’t hear about
    them, guess we can kick ourselves to the curb for that.. /s/

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Who said anything about the race of anybody involved in this incident?

    Well, you were the first one to mention the subject…

  • Highlander

    These are many of the same people who gave us Obama … so it’s no surprise to me. I’ve spent enough time in New York to know what to expect …

  • Ghost

    #14 Sasquatch and whoever else this applies

    you dumb bastard. who the hell are you?! are you human? your post is too embarrassing.

    I lived near there in 1964. I know more about that story than ANYONE! here period

    I’ve moved around many, many times since I grew up in NYC and LI and my first-hand report to all here is that NY is FAR! more accommodating to outsiders. For one thing, NYers don’t have that “clique” mentality that infects smaller communities. You never consider that, d’ya?!

    I’ve heard it described by many others moving around the USA, “where I’m from you’re a Good Ol’ Boy until you prove yourself to be a SOB, here you’re a SOB until you prove yourself to be a Good Ol’ Boy.” none of those accounts involved NY. And, for all of you NY haters, let’s see how you do in a megalopolis of 20 million before you turn your nose up like condescending fools.

    naturally, millions don’t well, so the ambitious move on… as Americans have always done. Now, is it any wonder that NYC is so heavily Democrat territory?

    Annnd, oh by the way, don’t read this if you’re prejudice doesn’t allow you to see past the end of your upturned nose- http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-05-27/local/27065434_1_wesley-autrey-subway-hero-real-heroes

  • dwdude

    fa la la la la

  • Hugh

    Sickening—what is wrong with those people?! To me, they are as responsible for his death as the freak who pushed him as they could have easily pulled him to safety–the freak was apparently deranged, what is their excuse?! Where is people’s humanity? Who are these people who would behave in the way? We certainly don’t need such vile, weak, disgusting people in this world.

  • Jet Jaguar

    If we didn’t have the subway, that man would be alive today.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    also wonder why he didn’t run the other way, could also be
    they were afraid the “pusher” would “push them as well..

    aah, walk a mile in their shoes, who knows, they probably
    won’t sleep well for weeks wondering why they did nothing..

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  • donh

    The photographer got his $10,000 for selling that photo to the NY papers….making money off gawking at a man’s death. The Korean man was down there for over a minute. Was the pusher Marion Barry ? http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74866.html

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    outrage

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  • AmericaWILL

    What a bunch of cowards. And that photog. I hope the money he received for his death shot rots his soul.

  • Jet Jaguar

    I’d like to think that I would’ve helped the man, but as others have mentioned, no one can say how they would’ve reacted. In any case, bg is right; the bystanders will most likely suffer guilt. Maybe even terrible guilt.

  • ron

    If you look at the picture, it doesn’t look like anyone was close enough to help him. Most people had distanced themselves from the lunatic who pushed the victim. I don’t know that there was time to help.

  • Freddy

    Life means little in the big city.

  • Ack

    18 obama supporters for sure.

  • FurryGuy

    #24 December 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    bg commented:

    So you admit that watching while someone gets murdered is not a new phenomenon in New York, or across the US for that matter, right?

    Then why should someone get indignant when someone else points that out, as Sasja did? The truth can be brutal, and there are people who want to turn a blind eye to the ugliness of the human soul that crops from time to time.

  • Candy
  • Karen

    Oh how the media want to soak up the gore for their newspaper sales!
    I think not only should those that stood idly by and watched and the photographer but the sick and twisted media rep who ran the story with the HEADLINE Doomed! Should be given the KO

    Yes it’s a bloody cruel evil world we live in too right!
    If there was ever a truer saying it would be ‘Hell – Is on Earth and The Devil Walks among us!’

  • gonedaddygone

    I don’t understand why footholds are not built into the platforms.

  • SSgt Kellogg

    I’m can’t beleave no buddy helped this man out, they had time to take pictures of the guy dying. This is the country that I’ve spent the last 15yrs risking my life for. I wish I was in NYC that day because I would have risked my life to save his. NYC people are f-up and I spenda lot of time there. They only care about them selves and their Damn phones. You people make all us other New Yorkers look bad

  • Bob

    It looks like there’s an open space between the two tracks where he could have taken refuge. I wonder why he didn’t go to that location and wait for help, since, none of the cowards on the platform where willing to man up.

  • jainphx

    The whole society has grown crass and noncaring. You see it everyday in certain parts of town, but then again there is a remnant of G-Dlyness where one actually cares for another human being. It’s a damn shame that we have gone so far due to constant blood and gore in our movies video games, and television shows. Once movies were discernable as to who was the bad guy, not anymore. We even have shows where the hero is a serial killer.

  • Stan

    Two (apparently unmentionable) issues:

    a) A black man pushed the Korean onto the tracks, killing him. Of course, this attack surely had nothing to do with race. One has never heard about urban violence involving blacks and Koreans.

    b) The photographer was Muslim. You can say what you want about onlookers freezing at the moment they could help, but the Muslim had the wherewithal to line up and start taking (remarkably clear) pictures. Yes, phone camera tech has progressed, but the average person about to see a person ripped to death won’t calmly frame photos with unshaking hands. This serves to illustrate the Muslim mindset. Death is valued over life, and the life of an infidel such as the victim is meaningless.

  • Hippies Still Smell

    Sounds revolting similar to the “Knockout Game.”

    Rules are: Find white or Asian guy, punch him in the face, knock him out.

    The Knockout Game is documented in more than 80 cities with more than 400 examples in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”

    Last month, three Pitt football players were arrested for beating a white student while playing “The Knockout Game.”

    Welcome to post-racial Obamamerica.

  • Hippies Still Smell

    Sounds revolting similar to the “Knockout Game.”

    Rules are: Find white or Asian guy, punch him in the face, knock him out.

    The Knockout Game is documented in more than 80 cities with more than 400 examples in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”

    Last month, three Pitt football players were arrested for beating a white student while playing “The Knockout Game.”

    Welcome to post-racial Obamaerica.

  • Patty

    Some are heroes and some aren’t. People are all different and it is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback.

    Frustrations run very high, especially in New York City subways. It has been tough for some since Sandy. No excuses for this man’s horrible death.

    Those who stood there and didn’t help will live with this forever. We can only pray for this man’s family and those he leaves behind.

    I can say this with honestly and positivity, the men in my family would have helped this man.

  • Glenmore

    It all happened very fast. Nobody was real close. There would have been as much chance of a would-be rescuer being pulled down into the path of the train as of the victim being pulled to safety. Judge not, lest ye be judged.

  • GANTZ!

    GANTZ!

  • John T

    I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this, but its the “Progressive/Group Mentality”.

    Its not an individual’s responsibility to save him, its the “group” or “government’s” responsibility. The result of “group responsibility” is always the same -nobody takes responsibility. None of them felt they were responsible for helping him. That’s the group’s responsibility, not theirs. So they all stood around waiting for the group/government to save him.

  • Ana

    who pushed the man? where they afraid that whoever pushed him will push them too?

  • http://HTML Annie J

    Buzzy, I couldn’t have said it better. With one exception, I don’t agree we are no better than the radical Islamist. Regardless of that one statement everything else was worth repeating so I’d like to print your comment again.

    “Is this story any different than the radical islamists beheading human beings? Not really. We now have a culture that has no compassion, care, or concern for their fellow citizens. Thank you very much for those that agreed to feed their kids violent video games, Hollywood for their quest for the most violent and bloody movies, and the parents that have had no compunction to instill good moral values, and a respect for human life in their children. I’m not a bit surprised at the New Yorkers standing by and doing absolutely nothing, it’s what the liberal culture has brough(t) us. We are now no better than the radical islamists.”

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    FurryGuy #40 December 5, 2012 at 1:25 am

    [#1 December 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    Sasja commented:

    Typical of New Yorkers. Nothing new here.]

    [#14 December 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm
    FurryGuy commented:

    #12 December 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm
    Ghost commented:

    Ever hear of Kitty Genovese? Shame on you.]

    [#24 December 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    bg commented:

    FurryGuy #14 December 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    there have been other Kitty Genovese’s throughout the years that no
    one has ever hear of.. but that you had to go back to 1964 to not only
    try and prove someone else’s shameful point, but to place the shame
    on someone else truly laughable.. and frankly shocking that you did.. ]

    [#40 December 5, 2012 at 1:25 am
    FurryGuy commented:

    #24 December 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    bg commented:

    So you admit that watching while someone gets murdered is not
    a new phenomenon in New York, or across the US for that matter,
    right?

    Then why should someone get indignant when someone else points
    that out, as Sasja did? The truth can be brutal, and there are people
    who want to turn a blind eye to the ugliness of the human soul that
    crops from time to time.]

    WRONG!!

    and for another, i’m a New Yorker..

    yet another.. too numerous to count NEW YORKERS have risked
    their lives every day to save people and animals, they just don’t
    make good for $10,000 front page pix anymore.. :-(

    ==

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    minor correction: re: #56 December 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm bg

    re: [Then why should someone get indignant
    when someone else points that out, as Sasja did? ]

    WRONG!!

    re: [The truth can be brutal, and there are people who want to turn
    a blind eye to the ugliness of the human soul that crops from time to
    time.]

    true of human nature, not NEW YORKERS in general..

    ==

  • rey

    what does obama have to do with all this? first of all like everyone says they cannot know how you would react to something like this.but i would of at least jumped down to the tracks and yanked him to the other side underneath the platform.there are still alto of good samaritans still in this world and we need to stick together and help each other in good and in bad.people need to stop going at each other and learn from our mistakes point blank.everyone needs to vow up and chill out

  • eddie

    18 liberals. They were waiting for the government to help.

  • lainer51

    I figured with the “nanny” mentality of Bloomberg, he would have been there, personally, to rescue this poor man. Oh, wait a minute, he just wants to save us from too much soda and salt, not from being killed in plain sight.

  • Joanne

    Courage? Since when do you need courage to pull a man up off the tracks? They should all be charged with a criminal offence.

  • Gary

    Not speaking ill of this guy in any way, but I’ve been down on the track there before. Most men should be able to pull themselves up with little trouble. Also, I think if you stand against the wall on the other side, there is enough clearance for most people. He must have been in bad health, and/or panicked.

    Of course that doesn’t detract from the human garbage that pushed him, or the cowards who let him die. If they photographed the victim, why didn’t they photograph the assailant?

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    yes, where did all the pinpointed
    pix and movie clips come from??

    almost like it was staged..

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  • Discusted

    Beyond discusting. I really hope that everyone who was involved in this situation goes to hell. How dare you watch, take a picture and POST on the front cover of a newspaper! Never in my life have I ever commented on a post on the Internet. But this will DISCUST my mind about you people until I die. I feel unbelievably horrible for this family. I hope you all go to hell. Terrible. Oh- and New York Post better be sued for this… What a joke of a company.

  • DISGUST

    DISGUST*******

  • Houstonion

    The 18 on looker and the one who took this picture should be arrested and trial for man slaughter

  • http://gatewaypundit Human Being

    Shame on everyone that was standing within 20 ft of the incident. You should have ran over to the man and given him your hand and pulled him to safety. I hope that you all have nightmares! You should be haunted by your lack of humanity. This is just small reason why the our country and the world is in the mess that is in. No one is willing to give an inch to make this a better place. Republicans and Democrats cant work together for the betterment of our great country, selfish, greedy, stubborn, people out to support their own agendas. I am embarrassed by lack of selflessness in the world!

  • http://gatewaypundit Human Being

    Shame on everyone that was standing within 20ft of the incident. You should have ran over to the man and given him your hand and pulled him to safety. I hope that you all have nightmares! You should be haunted by your lack of humanity. This is just small reason why our country and the world is in the mess that is in. No one is willing to give an inch to make this a better place. Republicans and Democrats can’t work together for the betterment of our great country, selfish, greedy, stubborn, people out to support their own agendas. I am embarrassed by lack of selflessness in the world!

  • Mark

    I would have had to take out the pusher in a hurry, because my fear would be he would try to push me in for helping. lying down feet furthest from the tracks, reaching in & lifting him would be the only way a single man of equal weight could do it.

  • Mark

    Also, the photographer said he flashed the train with his camera 49 times, yet he said the man only had 22 seconds to get clear! I dont know about your camera, but even a top end camera cant flash 22 times in 22 seconds, let alone 49.

  • http://ok.com goodguy

    Great, these muslims are starting to try and test their luck.
    And bringing the things hey do over seas to our home.

  • know ourselves

    “No one can predict how they would act in an emergency. Will you step up and help, will you freeze as your brain tries to process what is happening, will you run away in fear of the ugly thing you see?” I agree partially. Some of those bystanders were froze or comfused by what they saw in this case. However, the photographer reacted fast and knew for sure what he needed to so and handled himselve “well in a very productive and professional way.” He should be charged with manslaughter, while the guy did the push should be charged with murder.

  • yankees suck

    they must be yankee and/or giants fans.

  • http://www.twitter.com/who_mike_jones mike

    i dont think the guy who pushed him should get a max sentence if anything conspiracy charges can be filledo n those who were there just lookin rather than tryin to help especially da man who took dat photo. the man on the tracks was drunk people seem to forget. it not easy losing a loved one he did leave behind a daughter but still i hope they dont treat that homeless man like an animal because of this. there was witnesses there who could of helped thats all im saying. if anything a manslaughter charged should be given rather than murder.