UPDATE: Watch R. Umar Abbasi, the photographer who took this photo, defend his decision-making on the Today Show.
Terror on the Q train led to this …
From the New York Post piece:
A Queens dad trying to protect fellow straphangers from a deranged man on a Times Square subway platform was hurled onto the tracks by the lunatic and fatally crushed by a train yesterday, cops and witnesses said.
Ki Suk Han, 58, desperately tried to scramble back to the platform as onlookers screamed, shouted and frantically waved their hands and bags in a bid to get the downtown Q train to stop at around 12:30 p.m.
Han died shortly thereafter.
If you’re curious as to why the photographer chose to snap pics instead of helping this man, here’s his explanation:
Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi — who had been waiting on the platform of the 49th Street station — ran toward the train, repeatedly firing off his flash to warn the operator.
“I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” said Abbasi, whose camera captured chilling shots of Suk’s tragic fight for his life.
And some audio, released Tuesday afternoon:
R. Umar Abbasi, the man who captured the New York Post image of Ki-Suck Han, discussed what happened on the Today Show:
Here’s a brief video of the two men face-to-face, with the pusher telling Han to leave him alone before the incident occurred, via Gothamist: