Kevin Sheehan and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, New York Post, October 23, 2022
A straphanger randomly shoved onto Brooklyn subway tracks was left traumatized to the point of being suicidal, his mom said Sunday — while blasting Mayor Eric Adams’ latest plan to try to curb soaring transit crime.
Audrey Martin, whose son David Martin, a 32-year-old Upper East Side waiter, suffered a broken collarbone and painful bruises in the Friday afternoon attack on an L-train platform, railed to The Post, “Mayor Adams is completely not in touch with what’s going on.
She said her son was on his way to his job when he was attacked — and is now so distraught that he won’t even leave their apartment.
“He’s completely traumatized,” she said. “He wants to kill himself. I had to take a knife away from him this morning.
“He’s in a lot of pain. His shoulder is completely shot. His back is completely shot. His underarm is completely shot. His face is constantly burning.
“There are all mental cases in the subway, and it’s not being handled at all. This is how we handle these situations — they just ignore it,” she said.
“We moved from Manhattan to Queens because we wanted to raise our kids without homeless people on our front porch,” she added.
Meanwhile, Audrey Martin said that compounding her family’s personal crisis is the fact that her son doesn’t have health insurance. He also is shaken by watching the video of his attack.
Shocking video footage from the incident shows the unsuspecting straphanger walking along the platform when his attacker runs up and shoves him to the tracks before fleeing. There were no trains entering the station at the time, and the victim was able to get to safety.
At midnight on the Dominic Carter Show: Look at this maniac run from the far right of the screen and shove a stranger onto NYC subway tracks. Plus, there will be a debate in the NY Gov. Race. Listen to @DominicTV on the radio or online at https://t.co/YglQsSp5uO #77wabcradio pic.twitter.com/gEMIQpEqeZ
— TalkRadio 77 WABC (@77WABCradio) October 24, 2022
The incident is just the latest in a spate of transit violence in the city this year, with nine straphangers killed in subway attacks so far — or already more than another other year in 25 years.
Stats show that violent crime in the transit system is up 39% over 2019 as of August.