NYC subway fare dodger dies over $2.75 fee, after smashing his head while trying to jump turnstile

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A New York City man who allegedly was trying to avoid paying a $2.75 subway fare died at a Queens transit station reportedly owing to a head injury in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

In what is being described as a “freak accident” that was caught on surveillance video, the man appears to laboring in an attempt hop over the turnstiles before apparently losing his balance and tragically crashing to the concrete.

First responders were summoned to the scene at a Forest Hills station on a call about an unconscious man on the floor of the station.

“The footage, from 6:30 am, also showed the man stumbling around and struggling to lift his body over the entrance as if he’s drunk…The 28-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and it is believed that he died when his head struck the floor. However, a city medical examiner has yet to release a cause of death as of Monday morning,” the Daily Mail reported.

(Video: Daily Mail)

According to an April 2021 “fare evasion” report from the office of the New York State Comptroller, the elected official in charge of government financial audits, “Riders who enter the subway system or ride buses without paying the fare are subject to a $50 or $100 fine. However, [Metropolitan Transit Authority] officials stated that it is not the MTA’s goal to give summonses to fare evaders; rather, it is the MTA’s goal to get its riders to pay the appropriate fare.”

MTA officials indicated that “it lost more than $300 million to fare evasion in 2019,” despite a law enforcement task force launched to reduce fare evasion in the public transportation system.

In the third quarter of 2021, the NYPD noted that it issued a mere 7,000 or so fare evasion summonses. Q4 statistics are apparently unavailable at this juncture.

“The freak accident comes in the first days of 2022 after a year of violence in the Big Apple. However, nothing seems to be changing in the new year, although newly-inaugurated Mayor Eric Adams has vowed to take a tougher stance on crime than his predecessor Bill de Blasio,” the Daily Mail added about the suspected fare evader incident.

Under the far-left de Blasio, crime ran rampant along with an accelerated decay in the city’s overall quality of life.

Elsewhere in Queens, unfortunately, the city marked its first murder of the year when a woman in her 40s was stabbed to death at about 9 p.m. on January 1.

The aforementioned Adams, an ex-NYPD captain and Brooklyn Borough President, campaigned on bringing back law and order to NYC, and won the multi-candidate Democrat mayoral primary in the process.

He went on to easily defeat GOP standard-bearer Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder and radio personality, in the November 2, 2021, general election, in the city where Democrats have an enormous registration advantage.

Although Adams claims he is a business-friendly Democrat, he is a liberal/progressive on most issues. In the early days of his administration, he has decided to maintain de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and vaccine passport policies.

He is also considering requiring municipal workers to get a booster jab.

In his inaugural address on January 1, Adams vowed to govern in a “radically practical” manner and “get stuff done” in his first 100 days.

Watch an “Inside Edition” report embedded below on what the news program characterized as a nationwide fare-jumping epidemic in 2019.



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