Mexican died pushed into the New York Subway by another Hispanic when arguing over a fallen cell phone

The victim who died yesterday after being thrown onto the New York subway tracks in Queens during a fight with another man was identified as Heriberto Quintana, a 48-year-old Mexican immigrant.

This was reported by Consul of Mexico in New York, Jorge Islas López, in a message to his community published this afternoon on the official Twitter account of that institution.

“We have already contacted the relatives. We have expressed our feelings and our condolences. But we are also offering all the consular help in the case in order to that the family receives the maximum possible aid and number two Bring the perpetrator to justice who, by the way, is already detained,” said Consul Islas López.

Carlos García (50) was arrested yesterday after the crime and today he was charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly pushing Quintana towards an oncoming subway train during a discussion about a dropped cell phone.

The event happened in the Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Av station F train platform Around 4:45 pm Apparently when Quintana accidentally collided with Garcia, the suspect’s phone fell onto the tracks, sparking an argument.

MTA surveillance video caught the two men fighting on the packed platform before Quintana fell onto the tracks and was struck by an oncoming train, police said.

Police officers at the station caught Garcia after horrified witnesses pointed to him as the man Quintana was fighting with. He was questioned overnight before being charged with manslaughter today.

Two Metro cars passed over Quintana before the driver could stop the train, the police said. Firefighters and EMTs performed CPR on him, but were unable to save him.

His death became the ninth homicide in 2022 on New York public transportation, in a particularly violent year. Five of them have happened in recent weeks.

This year, public officials have repeatedly promised to flood Metro platforms and carriages with police officers as part of the former NYPD mayor Eric Adams’ security plan, that seeks to reduce violence by taking strong measures, including combat of indigence: last February it was determined that 350 people were “living” in the underground.

Despite the announced efforts, overall serious crime on subways is up 42% year-to-date compared to the same period in 2021, and the number of homicides this year already exceeds the eight registered last year.

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