Forest Hills Station offers E, F, M and R train service – Photo: Daniel Barry / Getty Images
A 28-year-old man tried to evade the Subway payment at the Forest Hills station in Queens, but he died when he jumped the tourniquet and broke his neck when he fell.
According to a report from the New York Police (NYPD), the man arrived at 6:45 am at the Forest Hills-71 Avenue station, where he tried to evade payment, but hit his head on the concrete floor.
The man was treated by emergency personnel, but was pronounced dead at the scene. So far, his identity has not been revealed.
That station in Queens is one of the busiest, as it offers local and express service on lines E, F, M and R.
The evasion of the MTA system fee payment is a serious problem for the authorities, as almost one in eight metro passengers jumped the turnstiles from January to March last year, according to a calculation by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
It is also a problem on buses, since 22% (almost one in four) of the passengers avoided the fare.
This represents losses to the MTA of $ 59 million during one quarter alone.