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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
“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.