New York City authorities have reported that a man was killed on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, after he climbed on top of an NYC subway train and attempted to “surf.”
Isabel Rios, 45, of the Bronx, allegedly walked into the space between cars and climbed on top of the train on Wednesday night as the train was on an elevated section of the track. Rios then allegedly attempted to “surf” on top of the train, but struck his head on an unidentified object. Emergency responders found Rios unconscious and unresponsive on top of the train. Rios was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rios worked as an architect in NYC, and he had been involved in the reconstruction of parts of Staten Island that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Rios was engaged to be married, and his fiancée’s family described him as a “troubled artist” who was “very gifted and talented.”
Kevin Ortiz, a spokesperson for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, released a comment stating that “subway surfing is simply one of the dumbest things you can do. Don’t do it.”
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