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Straphanger’s Savior Dies From Head Injury Suffered In Staten Island Incident

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Steven Santiago (credit: CBS 2)

Steven Santiago (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A man who saved the life of a fellow straphanger, when he fell onto the tracks in Staten Island, died on Saturday.

Steven Santiago, 39, pulled Jonathan Parisen, 40, off of the tracks at the New Dorp station on January 8.

Police say Santiago jumped onto the tracks at the New Dorp station to help the man who was trying to recover a shoe. He got him back onto the platform but was hit in the head by the arriving train.

Santiago was hospitalized for several weeks and had been moved to a rehab center. Parisen was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

Santiago died at Staten Island University Hospital.

Parisen tweeted his condolences on Saturday saying, “I was just informed that Steven Santiago passed away today. My prayers go out to Steven and his family. God bless.”

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