A 13-year-old girl was fatally struck by an R train in Rego Park, Queens on Sunday afternoon. According to witnesses, she had gone down onto the trackbed at the 63rd Drive-Rego Park station in an attempt to retrieve her cellphone. The girl, who police identified as Diana Kadribasic of Queens, was unable to climb back up onto the platform before the train arrived at approximately 1:50 p.m.
Witness Stephan Topete was aboard the southbound R train when it struck Kadribasic. He says that immediately following the collision, a group of commuters tried to push the train off of the girl. "People were trying to push the train, and everybody on the train moved to the side so we could push the weight of the train to the side," Topete tells ABC 7. "We thought the person was actually trapped in between the train."
— Carimu (@carimu) April 2, 2017
Everybody crying and stuff. An old lady passed out.
— T from Queens™ (@TristanAMEllis) April 2, 2017
Kadribasic was taken to Elmhurst hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Following the fatal incident, CBS 2 asked random New Yorkers if they would venture down onto the subway trackbed to retrieve a lost device. "I might go for it,” one woman said. “I would have to go for it. My phone is like my best friend.”