Good Samaritan struck by train after helping drunk man stuck on track
A heroic Staten Island man is fighting for his life after trying to save a bumbling drunk who got stuck on a train track.
Steven Santiago, 39, was struck by a train at the New Dorp Staten Island Railway station early Sunday morning when he jumped onto the track to help pull Jonathan Parijen away from the oncoming train, officials said.
An MTA spokesman said Parijen, of East Orange, N.J., drunkenly stumbled onto the track at about 1:30 a.m. to retrieve his shoe and couldn’t back up on the platform.
Santiago “went onto the tracks to assist [Parijen] and was unfortunately was struck by a train as he was trying to assist,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said Monday. Parijen escaped serious injury, but Santiago was left in “bad shape,” he said.
Police rushed both men to Staten Island University Hospital, and MTA police later arrested Parijen for trespassing and reckless endangerment.
A spokesman from the hospital said Santiago remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Messages left for his family were not returned as of press time.
Santiago’s older brother praised him for his selflessness in an interview with the Daily News.
“He is a great man who risked his life to save someone he doesn’t even know,” Edwin Santiago, 42, told he paper. When asked about his brother’s medical condition, he said, “I leave it in God’s hands.”