QUEENS — A man was pushed to his death in front of an oncoming 7 train in Queens Thursday night by an unhinged attacker who shoved him without warning, authorities said.
The victim was waiting for a train at 40th Street station, at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, just after 8 p.m., when a woman shoved him from behind onto the northbound tracks just as a train was approaching the platform, the NYPDand FDNY said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He had not been identified as of Friday morning due to the extent of his injuries, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.
The suspect, who remained at large Friday morning, was apparently mumbling to herself and pacing on the platform before the attack, police said.
"Witnesses said she was walking back and forth on the platform, talking to herself, before taking a seat alone on a wooden bench near the north end of the platform," Browne stated. "When the train pulled into the station, the suspect rose from the bench and pushed the man, who was standing with his back to her, onto the tracks into the path of the train. The victim appeared not to notice her."
Police released surveillance video of the woman Friday morning that apparently shows her sprinting from the station moments after the incident.
She was described as heavyset woman in her 20s, standing about 5-foot-5, with brown or blonde hair, Browne said. She was last seen wearing a blue, gray and white ski jacket and Nike sneakers, he added.
After the incident, 7 train service was temporarily suspended between Court Square and 74th Street, and service on the rest of the line was delayed, the MTA and NYPD said.
Thursday night's alleged train push came less than a month after Ki-Suck Han, 58, was killed when he was shoved into the path of a Q train at 49th Street in Midtown Dec. 3.
Police arrested Naeem Davis, 30, a homeless man who admitted to pushing Han, and charged him with murder.