Officials: Good Samaritan Struck By Train While Helping Drunken Man Off S.I. Subway Tracks

Steven Santiago Is In Real Bad Shape, But Is Being Lauded City-Wide

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 39-year-old Staten Island man is fighting for his life after being struck by a train early Sunday while attempting to help a drunken man off the tracks.

Officials said around 1:30 a.m. the drunken man lost his shoe and stumbled down onto the Staten Island Railway tracks at the New Dorp station.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

Steven Santiago saw the man struggling to climb out and sprung into action, jumping down onto the tracks to help him.

Officials said Santiago moved the man out of the way of an oncoming Tottenville-bound train, but was himself struck.

He is listed in extremely critical condition at Staten Island University Hospital after suffering head trauma and other injuries.

“If the train was going any faster, he would’ve been dead instantly,” Edwin Santiago, the victim’s brother, told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg. “He’s very courageous to put himself in danger by doing what he did.”

“I consider him a hero … New Yorker of the week,” Edwin told CBS 2’s John Slattery. “His injuries are in the stem of his brain. Swelling, nothing we can do. Waiting game.”

The man who had lost his shoe, 40-year-old Jonathan Parisen of East Orange, escaped serious injury. He was treated at Staten Island Hospital and will face charges of criminal trespass and reckless endangerment.

Not only does Edwin Santiago admire his brother’s bravery, so do other commuters.

“This man was definitely a hero. We definitely need more people like him in the world,” Alan Bernstein said.

“That’s really heartfelt. It took a lot of … that’s selfless. That’s great,” added Martine Rosario.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below …

  • coco

    Just let me say that if Americans would be judged by their posts, we could possibly be the meanest, most hateful people on the earth! To Robert and Dan Te, you are horrible so-called human beings and may whatever god you believe in smack you upside the head! Get a Clue! And may Mr. Santiago get well and survive, bless him!

    • DanTe

      I see… a Stupid Drunken Ho with access to her pimp’s PC.

    • Saving a Drunk - eh

      The truth is not hate. You probably enjoy living under a rock or in North Korea or China where you say something wrong, you goto jail. The drunkard should’ve left to die. Mr Santiago took a badly calculated risk and I commend him for his courage, it was foolish to save a fool. If this drunk was not drunk and fell down accidentally, then it would be a commendable act but saving a loser aka drunk is not a very commendable act.

    • Very conservative

      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • Robert Moses

    ALL public transportation should be BANNED forever. Everybody knows that REAL Americans drive everywhere. People who ride trains and buses are America-hating traitors.

    • theclarkster

      Hey Robert, you’re getting boring, you know it! What do you mean, “Ban public transportation? Are you friggin nuts

  • DanTe

    This is what you get for interfering with Nature. Let Nature weed out the drunks. The more drunks and druggies that die off, preferably before they’d spawned, the better.

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