Ki Suk Han
About 135 riders get hit by subway cars every year. Many of them die, some of them spectacularly, like in December, when Sunando Sen and Ki Suk Han were pushed to to their deaths.
Everett Sanderson rescued a young girl from the tracks, risking his life; but fellow straphangers saved his, in turn.(1)
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
What should you do if, god forbid, someone pushes you off the subway platform into the path of an oncoming train and you can't pull yourself back up, as in the tragic case of Ki Suk Han?
Should you lie down in the track bed, like Wesley Autrey did? Should you run away from the oncoming train, in the hope of outpacing it?
"Due to the varying lay-outs of stations and roadbed construction there can be no single policy for a person finding themselves on the tracks," said M.T.A. spokesman Kevin Ortiz, in an email.
I think it went too far. It's hard to tell though from the photo how close or far the photographer was to the victim. It's clearly cropped and zoomed somewhat, so perhaps he couldn't help the man anyway? Additionally, the man was removed from the tracks alive, he died later of his injuries. The photographer could not have known that the man would die.(9)