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Family: Woman Who Died On Subway Tracks Was Theatre Student Living Her Dream

A subway train at 42nd Street - Times Square - Jan. 28, 2013 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The woman who fell onto the No. 1 subway tracks and died this past weekend was a theatre student who had been living her dream, family members said.

Janet Singleton, the grandmother of accident victim Emily Singleton, 22, said her granddaughter was “finally doing what she really wanted to do in life” in New York. Emily Singleton was from Downington, Pa., but had lived in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

Janet Singleton described her granddaughter as a beautiful and outgoing woman who sang and danced.

Emily Singleton was found lying dead on the southbound No. 1 train track at the Canal Street station at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Police believed Singleton was intoxicated and riding the subway Saturday night, and that a Good Samaritan tried to help her.

The Good Samaritan, a woman, escorted Singleton off the train and was holding her purse, but Singleton got back on the train and the doors closed, and the Good Samaritan ended up with the purse, which she returned to a friend who had called the victim’s phone, sources said.

Singleton’s injuries were consistent with a fall onto the tracks and having been hit by a subway train, source said. She had suffered a fractured skull, but toxicology results were pending, source said.

Law enforcement sources told 1010 WINS that Singleton had been seen on surveillance video leaving a bar on West 14th Street and Seventh Avenue on Saturday night.

The latest incident came the day after a man was killed by a subway train about five miles to the north. Police said John Williams, 58, had climbed down onto the tracks at 72nd Street to retrieve something when he was struck by the southbound D train around 6:40 a.m. Saturday.

Eleven days before that, Liam Armstrong, 18, was struck and killed by a train as he celebrated his 18th birthday.

Armstrong, of Long Island, and his two friends were waiting for a train at the 79th Street 1, 2 and 3 line station when they realized they were on the wrong platform, police said. Instead of taking the stairs, police said they attempted to run across the four tracks to get to the downtown platform.

And just this past Thursday, Bobby Legrand Guin of Mary Esther, Fla., was hit by a northbound A train at the 110th Street-Cathedral Parkway station after doing much the same thing as Williams.

Guin was on the platform when he dropped wads of $20 and $50 bills and jumped down to retrieve the money when the train struck him, police said.

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