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R train victim was a suicide, cops say

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The Dyker Heights man who was hit by an R train on Wednesday jumped in front of it in a bid to end his life, investigators announced today.

Witnesses in the 86th Street station saw the man leap in front of a Manhattan-bound train at approximately 1 pm, said a police spokesman. Emergency responders arrived shortly after and rushed the man to Lutheran Medical Center in critical condition at 1:40 pm.

He suffered “traumatic wounds” all over his body and was pronounced dead Wednesday evening, according to police.

Officials will release his name once they have notified his family, cops said.

The incident snarled subway service at Bay Ridge stations, and stranded straphangers were forced to take walk or take the B37 or B63 out of Bay Ridge.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 12:41 am, January 13, 2017
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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
And that is still why the MTA need to invest millions of dollars by putting platform screening doors at the busiest stations. However, they are cash-strapped, bleeding for money, and it is not going to happen anytime soon.
Jan. 12, 2017, 5:37 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Pedro Valdez Rivera Junior,
So, your reasoning is to spend millions of dollars to try to prevent a mentally ill person from killing themselves? What should we do about rooftops? Bridges? How about steeplechase peer in Coney Island? We could put screening around the perimeter and possibly save a life for two at the expense of people enjoying themselves by fishing. I don't want to make light of a serious incident like this but come on Pedro people have been killing themselves since the beginning of time for a variety of reasons and it's those reasons our society should be spending money on.
Jan. 12, 2017, 8:53 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
Or better yet Bob, let the governor-controlled, state-run MTA to increase fares that are much faster than expected, in order to pay for these in the not too distant future. Keep in mind that the MTA is having a very bad reputation in deterring and preventing death and injury in the past several year, no matter we like it or not. In addition, safety is the number priority for the MTA over service anytime. I will be lobbying the governor and the MTA to so. As what you are suggested to prevent death in other places by mentally ill people, it is the city's responsibility to treat these people as such.
Jan. 13, 2017, 9:32 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
So tragic when someone is driven to think that he-she has no other choice, and so heartbreaking for family and friends.
Jan. 14, 2017, 1:21 am
Nas I from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn,NY says:
I hope all them rest peace!!
March 21, 2017, 10:37 am
Nas I from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn,NY says:
I really hope these people had got help for this situation!
March 21, 2017, 10:38 am
NAS. I from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn,NY says:
I sometimes see myself in this type situation!
March 21, 2017, 10:45 am

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