Man fatally struck by train in Queens during fight; suspect in custody

Man struck and killed by train in Queens
Police investigate the death of a man who was struck and killed by a train in Queens on Oct. 17, 2022.
Photo by Dean Moses

A man was struck and killed by an oncoming subway train in Queens on Monday afternoon during an apparent dispute, police sources said.

Law enforcement sources said 48-year-old Heriberto Quintana of Jamaica, Queens had apparently wound up on the roadbed of the tracks and was hit by an arriving F train at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station at about 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Moments before being killed, according to authorities, Quintana had been engaged in an argument with an unidentified 50-year-old suspect that led to a physical struggle. Police apprehended the suspect, who was brought in for further questioning.

Meanwhile, Quintana was rushed by EMS units to nearby Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The incident snarled the Monday evening commute for thousands of riders at the station, which is serviced by the 7, E, F, M and R trains on weeknights. Disturbed by the incident, several riders voiced their concern regarding what they feel is becoming a serious safety concern.

“My wife came back late the other night, past 12, I was upset. It is is dangerous now. I am a new Yorker and I don’t go out late anymore,” one straphanger told amNewYork Metro.

Commuters in Queens impacted after a person is struck by a train at station
Queens commuters are blocked from entering part of the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway station on Oct. 17, 2022 after a person was struck and killed by a train there.Photo by Dean Moses

Forest Hills- and Jamaica-bound trains were forced to skip the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station while police investigated the scene, according to MTA New York City Transit. Visit mta.info for further information on service changes.

Chief of Transit Jason Wilcox. Photo by Dean Moses