Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
Family of Brooklyn Man Killed By Train Sues MTA
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The mother of a 24-year-old Brooklyn man killed by a subway train last November says the MTA should have done more to save her son.
Briant Rowe was struck by a northbound #5 train in Brooklyn after a token booth clerk reported seeing him climb onto the tracks and enter the tunnel.
His mother, Marva Nelson, is still reeling from the loss. "Every day when I wake up," she said, "it seems as if I'm just reliving this whole thing over again."
Attorney Roger Archibald has begun legal proceedings on behalf of the family, which is seeking $50 million in damages.
"The transit authority had the time and the opportunity to shut down the track, prevent the trains from running, and to do an on-foot search for this young man," he said. "Conversely, after his body was found, they shut the trains down for approximately four-and-a-half to six hours to do an investigation. But supposedly they only looked for him for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, and they didn't go on foot to try to find him. This is alarming and shocking."
Archibald said Rowe had no history of mental illness or substance abuse. The New York City Medical Examiner's Office said lab test results from the autopsy are pending.
The MTA wouldn't comment on the legal proceedings. A spokesman for the agency said searches are performed on a case-by-case basis and there's no set length of time.
There are about 50 fatalities on the subway system each year. Last Saturday, four people were killed in four separate incidents in the transit system.