Young mother dies carrying pram down NY subway stairs

Saul Bowman
January 31, 2019

Shams Tarek, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA), said it was a "heartbreaking tragedy".

Malaysia Goodson, 22, fell down the stairs of the 7th Avenue subway station while carrying her 1-year-old daughter, a stroller, and bags of shopping. Her daughter was not physically injured in the incident.

These are the steps Malaysia was carrying her daughter in a stroller down when she fell. According to the New York Times, only about 25 percent of them have elevators.

An investigation is underway as to whether Malaysia suffered a medical episode that led to her death or if the impact from the fall killed her.

Police said she was clutching the stroller.

"You could tell she was very protective", he continued.

Only about a quarter of New York City's 472 subway stations have lifts and the lifts that do exist are often out of service.


The MTA has pledged to make 50 more stations accessible by 2023, but this falls far short of complete accessibility. The Fast Forward Plan acknowledges and prioritizes this work as one of four key priorities, and aims to ensure that riders will never be more than two stops away from a station with an elevator.

A group of disability organizations and disabled residents sued the MTA in 2017, arguing that New York's subway system was one of the least accessible in the United States.

There are almost 500 subway stations in New York City. The first underground station in New York's system opened in 1904.

The incident has again raised the issue of accessibility on the city's subway.

It was not immediately clear whether Goodson was affected by any other medical condition.

"This is a heartbreaking tragedy that never should have happened", Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

A GoFundMe page has been started to set up an educational fund for her daughter. "He said his sister was loved by all, and he's been getting hundreds of condolence messages on social media", NBC New York reported about Goodson.

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