A Dyker Heights resident is believed to have committed suicide on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 11 by jumping in front of an R train at the 86th Street station in Bay Ridge.
A police source told this paper that the man, 49, had been going through “some bad times.”
According to the source, the man had three children.
At around 1 p.m., the source said, eyewitnesses saw the man jump in front of a train. He was taken to NYU Lutheran Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
“Thoughts and prayers are with the MTA conductor and individual involved in incident today at the 86th St. R train station in Bay Ridge,” noted City Councilmember Vincent Gentile on Facebook, a sentiment echoed by many.
“So sad heard all the sirens. Then all the people at the 95th St, stop for the bus – knew something was up. Prayers for man and conductor,” agreed Facebook user Virginia Pisaniello, one of many who added her thoughts in response to Gentile’s post.
As a result of the incident, service on the R line between 95th and 59th Streets was suspended in both directions, but was restored by later in the afternoon.