Young mother carrying a stroller dies after accidentally falling down Times Square subway stairs
On Monday, a tragedy occurred at a Manhattan subway station when a young Stamford mother passed away after falling down the stairs and onto the platform. When she fell she was carrying her 1-year-old child in a stroller.
She also had some shopping bags in her possession. The child escaped from the incident unharmed.
Police were called to the 7th Avenue subway station when a 911 call reported that a woman was unconscious inside. They found Malaysia Goodson, 22, lying unconscious at around 8 p.m. on the southbound train platform next to her 1-year-old daughter, Rhylee.
A 22 year old Stamford mother died last night after falling down the subway stairs in Manhattan. Malaysia Goodson had her 1 year old daughter with her, strapped into a stroller. Family tells us the child is ok. Hear from her grieving brother today on @News12CT. pic.twitter.com/ccRnsOFJc9— Marissa Alter (@MarissaAlter) January 29, 2019
The young mother was taken to Mt. Sinai West where she was later pronounced dead. Her child was treated at the scene of the accident and she was declared fine.
Goodson’s brother, Dieshe Goodson, 23, said his sister was shopping in the city with their cousin when the incident happened. He explained that when she fell, "She had a lot of bags and the baby in the stroller.”
Malaysia Goodson's death has drawn attention to chronic accessibility issues in New York City subway stations: Like roughly three-quarters of the city's stations, the one where she fell does not have an elevator https://t.co/pS0yKHXQv2— New York Magazine (@NYMag) January 29, 2019
The victim’s older brother revealed that she was the youngest of four children. He described her as an outgoing person who loved to laugh and play.
Goodson’s sibling shared that family had meant everything to her and she was very protective. He revealed,
"When I was on my way to the hospital last night, I was praying that it wasn't her the whole time. Please don't be my sister."
The lack of accessibility in our subways is literally killing people. I am heartbroken by this tragedy, and am keeping this family in my thoughts. NYC must do more for families and the disabled. https://t.co/X2w91JdKtD— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) January 29, 2019
The Goodson’s had moved to Stamford from New York where they’d lived for the past nine years. In 2015, the victim had graduated from West Hill High School and was a former daycare worker at the Baby Cottage.
Goodson’s brother shared that his niece was doing well. He added, "She's too young to understand what's going on but she's doing good.”
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said a medical examiner would determine the cause of Goodson's death. Two GoFundMe pages have since been created.
R.I.P. Blessings. Praying for the 1-year old baby and family.— Eddie Shabazz (@aselasdad) January 29, 2019
I'm so sad to hear about the tragic passing of this young mother. This tragedy should not have happened and I pray that her family clings to one another and the community supports them in their bereavement.— Frewai #BidenHarris (@frewai) January 30, 2019
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials said the incident was heartbreaking. They are working together with the NYPD to and the city's medical examiner to carry on an investigation.
Goodson’s passing has shined the spotlight on a number of accessibility issues that plague New York’s subway system.
The FL Dept of Corrections has confirmed that Sebring bank shooting suspect Zephen Xaver worked as a correctional officer trainee at Avon Park Correctional Institute for the last few months.— Ari Hait (@wpbf_ari) January 24, 2019
He resigned on 1/9/19. @WPBF25News pic.twitter.com/wnBjDo2kyt
Last Wednesday, Cynthia Lee Watson, 65, Marisol Lopez, 55, Debra Cook, 54, Ana Piñon-Williams, 38, and Jessica Montague, 31, were all brutally murdered at SunTrust Bank in Sebring. Four of the casualties were employees of the bank and one was a customer.
Zephen Xaver, 21, has been charged with five counts of premeditated murder after storming into the bank and killing the women.
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