As a result of the death of a 15-year-old while subway surfing in New York City on Tuesday, police detained a 17-year-old on Wednesday.
An NYPD official said the unidentified teen was found about 10:15 a.m. latched onto the rear of a seven train at the Queensboro Plaza subway station.
The juvenile offender has been released to his parents and is facing minor charges.
According to NewsNation Now, Janno Lieber, CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), announced that the New York Police Department (NYPD) would post officers at stations to catch teenagers trying to participate in the surfing trend that has taken over social media.
“They haven’t charged every one, but they apprehend the kids who are doing this, and they get in touch with the parents,” Lieber said. “They are doing what they can.”
The heightened awareness and caution of the practise follows the death of Zachary Nazario, 15, who was subway surfing on a train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge when he fell to his death Monday. Nazario had been standing atop the J Train when he tripped and struck his head.
Fox News also covered this subway surfing teen news on Twitter:
Police arrest subway surfing teen amid alarming social media trend, deaths https://t.co/0nMWulcg3V
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 26, 2023
New York Post acquired a statement from NYC Transportation President Richard Davey in which he expressed concern about the risks associated with subway surfing.
“We cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to ride on the outside of trains,” Davey said. “Our hearts go out to loved ones at yet another tragic time. We implore other families to speak with their children on the real dangers of what can seem like a thrill but is too often deadly.”
Death Caused While Riding On The Outside Of A Subway Train
Nazario’s death marked the second time a teen had ridden on the exterior of a subway car and been struck and killed. In December, another 15-year-old was injured after falling into the third rail of a J train.
Adam Harding tweet post on a 15 year old boy, police say, who died when he was surfing on train:
Tonight a family is grieving the loss of a 15 year-old killed overnight. Police say the teen was atop a ‘J’ train – what’s known as subway surfing – when he hit his head, and run over. It’s at least the second teen killed while subway surfing since December. @NBCNewYork at 4. pic.twitter.com/MWp1JcGrvG
— Adam Harding (@HardingReports) February 21, 2023
In August of 2022, another young man lost an arm after falling off a subway train while trying to subway surf.
There were 206 cases of passengers illegally riding on the exterior of train cars reported to the MTA in 2021, and 928 cases recorded in 2022.
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