MIDTOWN — Tragedy struck in midtown on Monday when a woman carrying her 1-year-old daughter in a stroller fell down the subway steps and died. Her child sustained minor injuries.
Malaysia Goodson was found unconscious and unresponsive at the bottom of the southbound 7th Avenue B, D and E station stairs just before 8 p.m.
The 22-year-old Stamford, Connecticut mother was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
First responders treated the baby girl at the scene. She has since been reunited with her father and grandparents.
It’s unclear if the fall was accidental or if some sort of medical condition contributed to Goodson’s fall.
The cause of her death will be determined by a medical examiner.
While an investigation into Goodson’s death continued, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, calling it a “heartbreaking tragedy.”
“The subway system is not accessible for everyone and that’s an environment the MTA should not allow,” de Blasio said.
A spokesman for the MTA called the incident “absolutely heartbreaking.”
“While the ultimate cause of the event is being investigated by the MTA, medical examiner, and the NYPD, we know how important it is to improve accessibility in our system,” MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said. “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. This will be accomplished through the addition of up to 50 elevators over the next five years. We believe this is an important issue of practicality and equality, and once accomplished, riders will never be more than two stops away from a station with an elevator.”