A woman fans herself while waiting for a subway in New York. Photo is not related to the accident. (Photo : Reuters)
UPDATE: Dec. 5 - 11:55 a.m. EST: Suspect identified and photographer speaks live on photos, click here to read.
A deadly accident on a New York Subway was captured by a freelance photographer, and has since brought mixed reaction by the public.
New Yorker Ki Suk Han was in the 49th Street Station of the N, R, and Q train station, a stop north from Times Square, when he was carried and dropped onto the tracks on Monday by a man police have described as black, between the ages of 30 and 40 years old, 5-foot-9, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, black sneakers, and with short dreadlocks.
New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly stated, "There was a confrontation before. It was not unlike a car crash where people focused after the fact, rather than what happened before with the confrontation."
He added, "We have various reports. We have three calls we're checking on. Witnesses say the individual was talking to himself prior to pushing the victim. Some sort of confrontation takes place."
The search has since been on and a man has been questioned. According to reports, a 29-year-old man confessed to being the person who pushed Han as the Q train started to arrive to the station.
Unfortunately, Han was hit and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
New York Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi was at the platform and witnessed the altercation the suspect and Han had and ultimately the moment Han was dropped onto the tracks.
"I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash," said Abbasi to the Post, referring that he used his camera's flash to alert the train conductor.
The camera took pictures of the scene and captured the seconds before the train struck Han.
"The most painful part was I could see him getting closer to the edge. He was getting so close," Abbasi said. "And people were running toward him and the train."
The photos went to the NY Post and the newspaper decided to publish the photo online and in print. The decision was met with mixed to negative reaction, from why Abassi couldn't help Han to the newspaper's decision to publish the photo.
I just saw the NY Post photo of the man that was pushed in front of the Q train. One of the most horrific images I've ever seen.
— CANON CHRI$TINE (@CanonChristine) December 4, 2012
I agree with all these news outlets condemning NY Post cover. But why do they keep showing the photo they're condemning? — danprimack (@danprimack) December 4, 2012
The only thing worse than today's NY Post cover photo would be a photo of the thought process behind it.
— Jason Roeder (@jasonroeder) December 4, 2012
The cover of the NY Post is incredible. What makes it as a photo is that he's facing the train, and no one is near to help. — Harry (@TheLAPodshow) December 4, 2012
Shame on whomever was in charge of posting that horrible photo on the back page of the NY Post
— saux (@seanmac8151) December 5, 2012
That NY Post photo is the most awful thing I've ever seen published. — Erica Wodzak (@ericawodzak) December 5, 2012
To the NY Post for their front page photo of the man who was pushed in front of N train yesterday, moments before it hit him - despicable.
— For_The_Masses (@For_The_Masses) December 5, 2012
Having a hard time being enraged about ny post train photo. Doesn't seem photog could have saved him, photo is immensely newsworthy. — James daSilva (@James_daSilva) December 4, 2012
Shame on the NY Post today for their front page photo. Where is the compassion?
— stephaniewemhoff (@Stephanie_Foote) December 4, 2012
Wow! How messed up is the cover photo on today's NY Post?! — Zia Baig (@ziabaig) December 4, 2012
Dear NY Post, you owe an apology for printing that disturbing subway photo. And the editor who made that call should be fired immediately.
— Brian Park (@b_park) December 4, 2012