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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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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