This is the man who was fatally run over by a southbound B train at the Central Park West and 110th St. station; his name was Shem Herman and he was the father of a 2-year-old son, Dylan. The 33-year-old Washington Heights man had jumped down onto the subway tracks to recover his iPod when he was killed by the oncoming train. Yesterday reporters tracked down his distraught wife and mother, so keep reading if you're not sad enough today.
According to wife Claribel Espinosa, he was very attached to his iPod. "He loved music," a "sobbing" Espinosa told the Daily News. "When his MP3 fell, he went to get it. That's how much he loved music... He just wasn't fast enough to get out." Herman was a freelance music writer who was also enrolled at Bronx Community College.
A lifelong Manhattan resident, his grandparents escaped the Nazis in Austria during World War II. His mother told the News, "He's very young and kind of adventurous, so maybe he thought he could pull the iPod out of the tracks."