NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) – A prosecutor says a man committed a pointless crime by abruptly shoving a woman into the side of a moving New York City subway train. But defense lawyers say it was an accident.

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Jose Rojas’ attempted murder trial started Tuesday in Manhattan.

Assistant District Attorney David Drucker told jurors Rojas walked up to marketing worker Ute Linhart on a subway platform and pushed her into a train as it rushed into a station in August 2010.

Both sides say Rojas was drunk from downing beers after work.

Defense lawyer Steven Ross says Rojas stumbled into Linhart.

The impact hurled the German-born Linhart back toward the platform. She suffered broken ribs and other injuries.

Prosecutors say Rojas told bystanders he didn’t know why he pushed Linhart.

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