New York mom, 22, falls to her death while trying to go down subway stairs with baby in a stroller
A 22-year-old New York mother fell to her death on the subway stairs while trying to go down with her baby in a stroller.
Malaysia Goodson, 22, entered a Manhattan subway station on Monday night. She was pushing a stroller with her 1-year-old daughter, Rhylee, inside.
Goodson is from Stamford, Connecticut. She came to the city for a quick shopping trip and brought her daughter.
We'll be at 7th Ave and 53rd St tomorrow at 11am in response to the death of Malaysia Goodson and to assert that this tragedy should not be in vain. Join us if you can to demand full subway station #accessibility.#a11y #CidnyFightsBack pic.twitter.com/88Xugb93kl— CIDNY (@CID_NY) January 29, 2019
Goodson attempted to take the stroller and her daughter down the steps of a station as there was no elevator at the station. Unfortunately, as she climbed down she lost her footing.
She tumbled down the flight of stairs. She landed on the subway platform at the Seventh Avenue station, at 53rd Street.
#SayHerName #MalaysiaGoodson carried a stroller and her 1 y.o. daughter down the steps of NYC’s subway and died after tumbling down a flight of stairs at Seventh Avenue station.— Erica B. (@ericabuddington) January 30, 2019
Her daughter survived the fall. Ms. Goodson did not. pic.twitter.com/aYJRwarVKd
While the one year old baby survived the fall safely in her pram, her mother was not so lucky. She died on the scene.
Her death brought to light the difficulties faced by parents with strollers and disabled individuals caused by the steps at the station. It has raised awareness around the inaccessibility of the transit system.
On the train right now thinking of malaysia goodson. I admit i sometimes pass by people with strollers and other burdens because im "in a hurry." I am not going to use that excuse anymore. fellow able-bodieds, let's actually do all we can to help in this mobility hellscape— avi g (@mumblerant) January 29, 2019
“Everybody who has been a parent or a caregiver knows that this is a problem,” said Christine Serdjenian Yearwood.
She is the founder of Up-Stand. It is an organization that is trying to push for public transport to be made more accessible to parents.
Young mother's death raises awareness of NYC's accessibility pitfalls. Malaysia Goodson fell to her death after she attempted to carry her baby's stroller down a flight of stairs in a New York City subway station on Monday evening. Goodson's 1-year-old survived the fall pic.twitter.com/gu4cPLOSxR— Sherman (@Shermanbot) January 29, 2019
According to her mother, Goodson was a doting parent and an outgoing person. She was raised in New York but moved to Stamford with her family nine years ago.
Mark Marchesani, who was her guidance counselor at Westhill High School in Stamford, said Goodson “had a tough shell” but was “a sweetheart.”
“She was the kind of kid that when you made her smile,” he said, “it felt like a real win.”
This is 22 year old Malaysia Goodson. The Stamford mother fell down the stairs at a subway station in NYC last night and died. Her one year old daughter was with her in a stroller but is ok. @News12CT pic.twitter.com/4mRmwOAZKx— Marissa Alter (@MarissaAlter) January 29, 2019
“Malaysia just gave so much of her self,” Ms. Anthony said, adding, “She’d give her last breath to her if she could.”
Emergency responders had found Goodson unconscious and unresponsive when they arrived on the scene. She was taken to the Mount Sinai West hospital and was pronounced dead.