Dear Readers — It is with terrible sadness I report the death of a woman at about 3:45 this afternoon on the New York subway…at the station my sons use to come home from school. At that very time. My younger son, the famous subway rider, got there just as the cops were sending people out. His friend darted down to see the aftermath. Apparently zayinbhhrs
the woman had dropped her pocketbook, jumped down to get it, and got smashed by a train. The kid told my son: Don’t look.
Aside from sorrow, I know this tragedy will re-invigorate some people who believe that young people should never take the subway unsupervised. All I can say is, there are an average of 5.2 million people who ride the subway daily, bringing the grand total to 1.563 billion rides a year. Today’s story is so shocking because it is (thank God) so rare.
Our whole family is shaken by the story, and the mental image. And we’ll be on the trains again tomorrow. — Lenore