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Grisly Subway Death: Could New York Post's Photographer Have Rescued The Victim?

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This is just all around horrible!! We're still heated up about it!

As we've previously discussed… during a heated altercation between two men near a NYC subway track, one of the men was PUSHED over the rails and killed by the oncoming train.

New York Post photographer R. Umar Abbasi was nearby when he heard commotion and began snapping photos of the horrifying ordeal.

Tragically, the victim died and the photo that was taken seconds before his death was published on the front page of the newspaper.

Now the photographer and the New York Post are in hot water. Many argue why couldn't the photographer taken action to save the man if he had enough time to capture the image.

But Abbasi claims the man was doomed and there was simply nothing he could do other than his job with the timing of the incident.

Watch the video (below) to get more deets and hear what others have to say and then tell us what U think …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

Could The NYC Subway Victim Have Been Saved By The Photographer?

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Could The NYC Subway Victim Have Been Saved By The Photographer?

  • No Way (22%)
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32 comments to “Grisly Subway Death: Could New York Post's Photographer Have Rescued The Victim?”

  1. michy says – reply to this


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    that makes me sick. stops and takes a picture? wow. id of defiantly tried to help and scream. thats deplorable

  2. Mydoona says – reply to this


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    REMEMBER PEOPLE, IF YOU FALL ONTO THE TRACKS….RUN TOWARDS THE WALL, there is more space between the tracks and the wall than there is between the tracks and the platform.



  3. 3

    bullshit!!!! the man could've been saved. dont believe this shit at all. fotogs dont just take one shot. they always take multiple automatic shots to get the best frame. I bet it was more like 10 sec. total. Enuff fucking time to help yank him out. Asshole - just like fucker fatboy!!

  4. asrd says – reply to this


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    You should really put a warning up for people who would rather not have seen that photo. Now I am really disturbed.

  5. carol richards says – reply to this


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    I can't believe that everyone is talking about the free lance photographer taking this photo but what I find even more disturbing is the New York Post who published such a horrific photo. I will never buy another News paper. This man has a family and to see a picture of him seconds before his death is sickening and you need to be closed down or sued.



  6. 6

    that train is moving so the picture is deceptive. I doubt he had time to get near him. Photographers are very instinctive so its not shocking he took a picture. Thats what they do. Personally i never stand near the edge as theres too many wackos around ready to push you off. Seriously the streets are paved with mental psychos.



  7. 7

    woah that driver mustve gotta a real good close up of his face just as he hit him.



  8. 8

    So why exactly do those delusional liberal newyorkers going to stop saying their city is so great? The two most liberal places in this country are by far the worst. If it isn't their out of control cops, its their rights being taken away. If it isn't that you can be getting stabbed, mugged, raped or get pushed onto the tracks while people just look on or ignore it.

  9. gwen01 says – reply to this


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    he didn't even try to save this man..the photographer could have been a hero but for a photo op he let a man die. I would hate to live in this guy's skin. He is nothing short of a murderer. You paparrazzi are not much different always waiting for the money shot. Yelling empty compliments to useless celebrities and always Kim Kardashian and her coat tail riding family comes to mind. But this is over the top.



  10. 10

    Look how close and high he is against the platform! It would have been easy and quick to pull him up. How could people do nothing to help him?! I hope those who just stood there are deeply disturbed and haunted by what I'm sure was a gruesome sight. I wish they'd release names of the witnesses - would be interested in knowing who those inhumane and deplorable people are.



  11. 11

    THE FOTOG DIDNT START TAKING SHOTS UNTIL THE TRAIN COULD BE SEEN. I TAKE THE FUCKING SUBWAY EVERYDAY. BY THE TIME THE TRAIN COULD BE SEEN TO WHERE YOU SEE IT IN THE PIC IS ABOUT 6-7 SEC. NOW ADD ON THE TIME WHEN HE ACTUALLY STARTED TAKING MULTIPLE SHOTS YOU'RE LOOKIN AT A TOTAL OF 12+ SEC. HE HAD TIME TO RUSH UP AND HELP YANK AT THE GUY… I SAW THE FOTOG IN AN INTERVIEW HE DEFINITELY DIDNT BEHAVE LIKE SOMEONE WHO WAS CONCERNED FOR HIS LIFE THAN TAKING THE DAMN SHOT. #FUCKOFF_FATBOY



  12. 12

    Re: Lasqueesha – I read that the conductor was taken away in a wheelchair with oxygen and had to be hospitalized for shock. What a horrible experience that must have been.



  13. 13

    I think the photographer is full of sh*t. He's not going to have his camera around his neck while on a NYC subway, so you know he took the time to retrieve it from a bag. I read that the photographer said he was too far and weak to help, and blamed others closer to the victim. Uggg, I'm just disgusted by the whole thing - and it makes me lose more faith in humankind.



  14. 14

    I find it suspicious that the guy said he was taking pictures so that the flash alerted the train operator, yet the picture seems to be aimed perfectly. You'd think he'd just hold the camera up without caring how it was pointing as long as the flash was going off in that direction. They guy was not trying to help. He only wanted to document the event, thinking that he'd probably get a shot of a heroic rescue or the guy narrowly getting out in time. Nope, everyone just stood there with their phones and cameras and watched that guy die. People were more concerned with getting a good shot or not getting hurt in the process of helping the guy than being decent human beings. Now, they all have the same excuse by saying they couldn't get to him in time. Lies to cover their asses and to feel less guilty.



  15. 15

    Not enough time and yet the photo looks so well framed.
    Okay fine…. they say that but then why the hell is it on the front page with a head line like that!? Yeah who cares what the family feels. Good job assholes.



  16. 16

    He could of gotten that dude up on the platform before the train came through. I think this photographer needs to be charged with accessory to the crime. Furthermost the NewYork Post needs to be fined heavily for not having the common sense to not publish this photo. They are sensationalizing this mans impending death.



  17. 17

    this guy could have been saved. how come no one else came up to help him. i know i sure as heck would have attempted to pull him up. and if no one was helping him, how come the guy didnt run in the direction the train was heading. if he ran the way the train was going, the train eventually would have stopped at the platform and the guy could have been ahead of it. maybe he was hurt though. this is just an example of "peoples lack of natural affection" 2 Timothy 3:1-5

  18. Guest says – reply to this


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    So, why wouldn't anyone try to break out the commotion? Wouldn't that be the first step if you see an altercation going bad enough? Try to either break it out or alert security on site? This photographer is also a douche. He had time to take pictureS but easily said this poor man is doomed? New York Post can so casually let this photo be cover page? What has the world become? :s

  19. lee says – reply to this


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    shame on that photographer. I was just in nyc and rode the subway the whole time and I thought about how easy this could happen. Shame on anyone standing nearby who didn't hold out a hand and at least try to help. SHAME!!!!!



  20. 20

    that photographer should have the same thing happen to him. what a soulless group of people. not one person tried to help. shame shame shame.

  21. THAT IS SO MESS'D UP says – reply to this


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    THE DAM CAMERA MAN SHOULD HAVE HELP'D HIM UP INSTEAD OF HOLD'N HIS DAM CAMERA… R U KIDDING ME HOW THE HELL WERE U TRING TO FLASH THE DRIVER OF THE TRAIN TO GET A ATTENTION…THAT IS THE WORST THING THAT HE COULD OF SAID….



  22. 22

    Whether he could have been saved or not it's obvious the photographer didn't even try. And it doesn't mean he had to take pictures and it doesn't mean it has to be on the front page. The photographer is just a heartless dick.



  23. 23

    Thats really a coin toss… 2 people could have been killed. The man was reported as kind of drunk and without anything to grab on to on the platform the photographer could have fallen in. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer on this one unfortunately.



  24. 24

    The stations need a warning break light and alarm - like a panic button for others to hit when a potential disater is waiting to happen. But to say he could have been pulled up is easy to say but esp of someone has been drinking their motor skills are impaired and they can be dead weight. There was nothing to grab on to and that pit is deep. Someone else could have easily fallen in trying to save him.

  25. RainbowBrite says – reply to this


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    What the FUCK is wrong with this world? This stupid photographer is just as guilty. Why would you take a photo of that you sick fuck?? And the fact that they posted his last moments of life? I'm holding back chunks, this is just fucking sick.

  26. missmarvel says – reply to this


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    There is definitely a right or wrong answer to part of the situation. Whether or not anyone would have been able to help him out is pure speculation. I definitely think that someone, or many someones, should have tried to help, but unless some (reliable) witnesses come forth we won't know whether there was really time to save him or not. What DOES have a right answer, though, is the question of whether or not this photograph should have ever seen the light of day, especially on the cover of a newspaper…and the answer is a resounding NO! If this man was part of my family, I would be absolutely sick. I would be livid, heartbroken, and any number of other indescribable emotions. It's disgusting, and any attempt to call it anything other than that is bullshit. :(



  27. 27

    Wow. Those trains come so fast it's hard to say unless you were there how much time there was to save him. However I find it very disturbing that there isn't ONE person near him trying to help him in the photograph. Also completely disgusting that the paper published that. I don't know about anyone else but I would never want photographs of the last seconds of a family member's life. How awful. Everyone on the platform that day should be ashamed of themselves.



  28. 28

    Shame on any of you blaming another for not doing something you can't be sure you'd do yourself.

    Why didn't the photographer save him?! I don't know, why didn't anybody else on that subway platform save him, either? It's easy to blame the guy who took the photo, but perhaps you might try blaming… oh, I don't know, the guy who pushed him in the first place. Perhaps you've only ever seen a subway on TV so maybe you don't understand that those things are fast. The point the photo depicts, the distance the train is from him at that moment… it hit him seconds later. The photographer, much less anyone else, did not have time to help him. Had anybody tried, this might be a story about the guy who fell and died and the guy who also fell and died trying to save him.

  29. Arrora says – reply to this


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    this is disgusting, this is why I dont read LIBERAL TRASH like the NY Post, this is disturbing to publish and turn this into a story. or anyone cares about is making money including the photographer, he has to live with his decisions for the rest of his life. He could have tried, he had enough time. Most human being would have a natural instinct to at least run and try. Which leads me to believe this guy is not human, he's evil.



  30. 30

    but even regardless of whether the man could have been saved or not, publishing this picture is just tasteless and disrespectful

  31. mice22 says – reply to this


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    whether this Photographer planned this…. I mean he can approach Han in such a way he offered money probably asking some kind of questions which anger this homeless man Davis to get some real shots of fighting he says he like real photography so as to get in the news or it can be both. My question here is the police department run all the tapes surrounding the station and vicinity for any contacts like such previous hours or minutes



  32. 32

    I think it's awful you posted this picture. Unbelievably insensitive. You just lost a reader