Mother dies after falling down subway stairs carrying 1-year-old daughter

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31 January, 2019

A 22-year-old mother has died after falling down the stairs at a NY subway station while carrying her one-year-old daughter's pram.

Malaysia, a daycare assistant, lived in Stamford, Connecticut and was visiting cousins and doing some shopping in the city at the time of the tragedy.

Authorities said Goodson was unconscious and unresponsive when they arrived at the station just before 8 p.m. Goodson was taken to Mt. Sinai West and later declared dead, the New York Post reported. She was carrying her 1-year-old daughter and a stroller at the time. They said she was a vibrant young woman devoted to her family, especially her daughter. "The subway system is not accessible for everyone and that's an environment the MTA should not allow".

Only about a quarter of New York City's 472 subway stations have elevators, and the elevators that do exist are often out of service.

De Blasio wrote on Twitter, "This is a heartbreaking tragedy that never should have happened".

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing, the department said.

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The station isn't equipped with elevator, however, forcing Ms. Goodson to haul the bulky stroller and her daughter down the subway steps.

Her death reverberated throughout New York City, among stunned parents who often traverse crowded subway stairs with strollers and among people who are disabled and regularly encounter an inaccessible transit system.

That particular station had no elevators.

"This is an absolutely heartbreaking incident".

Corey Johnson, the NYC Council Speaker, wrote, "The lack of accessibility in our subways is literally killing people. We believe this is an important issue of practicality and equality, and once accomplished, riders will never be more than two stops away from a station with an elevator". After the incident, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) officials inspected the stairs, railing, and floor and didn't find any issues.

Goodson's family has set up a GoFundMe in hopes of raising money for baby Rhylee.

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