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Father Killed On The NYC Subway Was on Tracks for “60 SECONDS” And Nobody Tried to Help

A father who was killed by a subway train  after another man pushed him onto the tracks struggled for a ‘whole minute’ to  crawl back onto the platform as onlookers watched, according to a police source.

The chilling last moments of Ki Suk Han’s life were caught by  photographer R. Umar Abbasi who snapped him looking  at the oncoming downtown Q train just seconds before crushed him to death.

After receiving an avalanche of criticism, the freelance photographer today  defended his decision to take the photo, rather than helping the stranded man  saying: ‘The train hit the man before I could get to him, and nobody closer  tried to pull him out.’

Suspect Naeem Davis, pictured, was arrested by NYPD officers Tuesday afternoon in Times Square, blocks away from the 49th Street station

More than a minute – and possibly as long as  90 seconds – passed before the train pinned Mr Han between the well and train, a  police source said.

‘I have to say I was surprised at the anger  over the pictures, of the people who are saying: Why didn’t he put the camera  down and pull him out? But I can’t let the armchair critics bother me,’ Abbassi  wrote in the New York Post.

He said that after the train struck the  father-of-one, he sprang into action and when a crowd started to take photos of him, he screamed at them to get back  and told a woman to give Mr Han the last  rites.

Today Mr Abbasi said he had not realised he had caught the man’s last moments on his  camera in  such vivid detail until he looked at the photos later that  night. 

‘When I finally looked at them late that  night, my heart started racing. It was terrible, seeing it happen all over  again. I didn’t sleep at all. All I can hear is that man’s head against that train:  Boom! Boom! Boom!’

When the New York Post ran the terrifying  photo and story Mr Abbasi explained in an interview that he was racing towards  the oncoming train  firing off his flash in a desperate  attempt to get the  driver to slow down.

He told the New York Post: ‘I just started  running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash.’

The photographer described seeing Mr Han  being crushed ‘like a rag doll’.

Today the driver  of the subway train which  ran over Mr Han spoke of his desperate  attempts to  slam on the emergency breaks.

Motorman Terrence Legree said he saw Mr Han, but he could not stop the train  before it crushed him.

‘I saw the guy, and I did what I was  trained  to do,’ he said. ‘You’re hopeful you’re going to stop, but you  don’t have  control of the train at that point.’

Mr Legree said he rushed out of his control  booth and tried to help the man wedged between the subway car and the  platform.

‘If someone can be saved, you have to do what  you have to do,’ he told the New York Daily  News.

The New York Post has been strongly  criticised for using the heart-stopping image on their front  page.

‘Even if you accept that that photographer  and other bystanders did everything they could to try to save the man, it’s a  separate question of what the Post should have done with that photo,’ Jeff  Sonderman, a fellow at journalism think tank the Poynter Institute, wrote on the  organization’s website.

‘All journalists we’ve seen talking about it  online concluded the Post was wrong to use the photo, especially on its front  page.’

‘NY Post should be ashamed of its misuse of  humanity for its cover photo of a man about to be killed by a subway train,’ one  person wrote on Twitter. ‘When does cruelty end.’

‘Snuff porn,’ another user labeled  it.

Meanwhile a passenger who witnessed a man being crushed by a subway train today spoke of his  anger  at the failure of 18 people on the platform to save him – including the  photographer who had time to take chilling pictures of his final  moments.

Patrick Gomez, who admitted that he also ‘froze’ at the scene, said it was a ‘real shame’ that no-one had the courage to ‘step up’ and attempt to  rescue Mr Han.

Gomez, 37, said: ‘People  who were on the  platform could have pulled him up but they didn’t have  the courage. They just  didn’t react like that.’

And he reserved his strongest criticism for  photographer R. Umar Abbasi, who shot the  chilling photograph of Mr Han watching as the subway train barreled towards him  in the final moments.

The image appeared on the front page of the  New York Post this morning with the headline ‘Doomed’. The 58-year-old can be  seen looking at the train with his arms outstretched he tries to heave himself  out of its path.

Mr Gomez spoke for millions who expressed  their outrage today at the commuters on  the Times Square platform who  witnessed the man being pushed in front of the  train but did not try to  pull him to safety.

Many had moved away from an argument which  was taking place between Mr Han and his  suspected attacker, just moments before the fatal incident at  around 12.30pm on Monday afternoon.

Source: The Daily Mail

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