A Good Samaritan is in critical condition after getting hit by a Staten Island Railroad train while trying to help an inebriated man climb up out of the tracks early Sunday morning. Steven Santiago, 39, spotted the stupid drunk man on the tracks at New Dorp around 1:30 a.m. and decided his life was worth saving, so he climbed down to try to help. The intoxicated man had apparently gone down onto the tracks to retrieve his shoe, and then couldn't get back up. MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz tells the Staten Island Advance, "This good Samaritan apparently went down to assist him, and unfortunately was struck by a train."
Santiago managed to get the drunk guy out of danger, but he wasn't able to save himself before a Tottenville-bound train came barreling down the tracks. The train "slammed" into his head, the Daily News reports, and he was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North in critical condition. Santiago's brother Edwin tells the News, "He is in a pretty bad shape right now. I leave it in God’s hands."
The unidentified drunkard was treated for minor injuries. At press time, it was unclear if he got his shoe back.