New York City, New York (WiredPRNews.com) — In what some may call an act of bravery, or possibly an act of intoxication, a Brooklyn man died in a tragic subway accident after trying to save a young woman on Friday.
According to reports, Jose Gomez, 29, jumped in front of the subway train to save Beatriz Briceno, 19, who attempted to retrieve her jacket from the tracks.
Both victims were struck the northbound N train near 36th Avenue in Astoria, Queens at approximately 10:40 p.m. (local time), police said.
Emergency personnel arrived at the scene to pull the victims, who were pinned to the elevated tracks by the N train, from underneath the third car, the New York Post reported.
“There was blood dripping all over and a lot of frantic movement underneath the train as firefighters tried to get them out,” said Astoria resident Bruce Williams.
“They brought the man down in front of me. The firemen were holding the backboard and medics were pumping the guy as they carried him. They kept pumping him until the ambulance came,” Mr Williams said.
Mr. Gomez was officially pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital, officials said. Ms. Briceno made it through the night and was in serious but stable condition at the hospital.
Police authorities said they were unsure of the relationship between the two victims, but they were apparently travelling together on the night of the accident, according to eyewitnesses.
Police said the two may have been drinking and there were early indications alcohol played a role in the accident.
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