Man pushed onto tracks, killed by train in Bronx, New York City police say
NEW YORK — A man standing with his wife on a Bronx subway platform was pushed onto the tracks Sunday morning by a man and was struck and killed by an oncoming train, police said. The assailant fled.
Police said an unidentified man pushed 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok of the Bronx off the platform at the Grand Concourse and East 167th Street station in the Highbridge neighborhood, an act that appeared to be unprovoked. Kwok was struck by a southbound D train about 8:40 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene; his death was classified a homicide. His wife was not injured.
There was no indication that Kwok knew the man or had an altercation with him before he was pushed, police said. Witnesses told police that they believed the man fled the subway station and jumped on a city bus.
“He said the guy just flew off the platform in front of his train as he was entering the station. The guy was still in the air when he hit him,” the transit source said.
Police later released video surveillance showing a man wearing a dark jacket getting off a city bus and walking into a store. The man emerges moments later smoking a cigarette and strolls away. Police said the man was wanted for questioning in connection with Kowk’s death.
In April 2013, a train ran over a man desperately clawing at a Manhattan subway platform after being pushed onto the tracks by a homeless suspect with whom he had been arguing.