Father of two dies after sliding off escalator railing
July 29, 2009 9:28pm CST
I just found this online, and I don't know if it'll be deleted soon so I took the privilege of posting it, for those who are interested to read though. But my question is, if these causes accidents and all, why don't they place a lower type of stairs instead of a steep one? How many are they waiting to die or have an accident first before they do something about it? ------ A Mets fan leaving the game last night lost his balance while descending an escalator at Shea Stadium and plummeted two stories to his death - as his two young daughters watched in horror, authorities said. Antonio Narainasami, 36, of Brooklyn, was with several other relatives on a family outing, when the tragedy took place around 10 p.m. in Section A near left field. At home was the fan's wife, who is pregnant with their third child. The victim, a Guyanese native, who lived in Cypress Hills and worked in air conditioning repair and installation, was taken to New York Hospital Queens, where he was pronounced dead. His cousin, Kevin Prashad, who was there, said Narainasami had been walking down the escalator, which was turned off. "He lost his footing somehow and then he went over the railing," said Prashad, 28. "He had his kids with him - they were walking right behind him. "We saw his whole body go over the side. There's no explanation for what happened there. It's like a nightmare." But one police source said authorities are looking into the possibility the victim may have been sliding on the rubber railing. "We were just on a night out to Shea Stadium - we're all diehard Mets fans, the whole family," Prashad said. Added Vinnie Narainasami, another cousin: "He was one of the best guys I've ever known," noting Narainasami was "really excited" about the game because "it's his favorite team." That cousin said Narainasami was a team captain in the Legend Cricket Club. "We have been advised of a tragic accident that resulted in the death of a fan attending tonight's game," said a statement from the Mets. "The Mets, the City Parks Department and the New York Police Department are investigating the incident. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the fan's family." The game celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, the 61st anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodger great breaking the major league color barrier. In New York, two other fans have died at baseball games - both of them were sitting on the railings of escalators. In May 1985, Mark Leddy, 21, of Yonkers, fell 100 feet off an escalator at Shea. And in April 1999, a 37-year-old man fell more than 90 feet to his death at Yankee Stadium. Such accidents, however, are a rarity at ballparks - one 2003 study published in the baseball journal "Nine" reported about 35 deaths from 1900 to 2000.
• United States
30 Jul 09
Wow. That is pretty sad and scary. If indeed he was sitting on the railing, I hope this will discourage people from doing so in the future. I do think the steep escalators can be pretty dangerous. I definitely feel bad for the family.
• United States
30 Jul 09
While it is very sad that this happened, if it is proven that he was indeed sitting on the rail then there is nothing that can be done to make it more safe. Why should there have to be signs telling people not to sit on a rail that is obviously intended to keep people from falling. If he was not sitting on the rail then something should be done. I just find it hard to belive that he fell for no reason, I have lost my balance of these things and the rail has kept me from falling and I am almost 6ft tall.