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Good Samaritan rushes off into night after saving Jessica Oshita from oncoming L train
New York Daily News ^ | ROCCO PARASCANDOLA AND JOHN LAUINGER

Posted on 05/26/2010 3:37:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Editor's Note: Are you the hero? We want to hear your story. Contact the Daily News at 212-210-1585.

He's the city's newest subway hero - but who is he?

A mysterious good Samaritan saved a young woman from being crushed by an L train in Union Square after she fainted and tumbled onto the tracks Monday, police said Tuesday.

The hero courageously jumped onto the tracks and made a nick-of-time rescue after Brooklyn photographer Jessica Oshita, 26, fell suddenly Monday night.

"I think this whole thing is a miracle," Oshita's mother, Sue Oshita, told the Daily News from her home in Hawaii. "He is a guardian angel."

Oshita's fall left her unconscious and lying face-down on the tracks, blood pouring from her head. The hero had little time to rescue her - perhaps less than a minute, one witness said - but he was cool under pressure.

He first tried to lift Oshita onto the platform, police sources said, citing accounts provided by at least two witnesses.

But before he could pull off the rescue, he heard the rumbling of the oncoming Manhattan-bound train and was forced to make a split-second switch to Plan B.

It proved to be a life-saver.

As the train approached, the hero placed Oshita's body in the well between the rails and then quickly hoisted himself onto the platform, the sources said.

The hero - described by cops only as a black man - then disappeared quietly into the night.

"He has not been identified," a police source said last night.

Ana Mercedes Cardenas, a Manhattan lawyer, was on the opposite platform, waiting for a Brooklyn-bound L train, when Oshita fell.

"I saw the woman face down on the rails," Cardenas said, noting blood was pooling on the tracks. "It was shocking to see."

Cardenas, 26, said she saw someone move like they were going to jump down from the platform, but the person hesitated. She said she did not see anyone go down onto the tracks, but added she had stepped back, frightened by the sight of so much blood.

Many straphangers waiting on the platform apparently didn't see the man's heroics, either. When the sound of the oncoming train was heard, Cardenas said people began "yelling and screaming," believing they were about to witness a tragedy.

"The train started coming, everybody just looked at the track and started waving their hands, screaming: 'Stop! Stop! Stop!'" Cardenas recalled. "But the train didn't stop."

Five subway cars rolled over Oshita, police said. She suffered three facial lacerations requiring stitches, and remained in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital yesterday.

"She's fine," Oshita's mother said, adding that the young shutterbug's father was flying to New York to be with his daughter.

The hero's bravery was reminiscent of the lifesaving actions of Wesley Autrey, the construction worker who saved a man who had a seizure on a subway track in 2007. Autrey threw himself over the man and held him in the well between the rails as the No. 1 train passed by.

Oshita's mother hopes her daughter's savior will not remain anonymous. "I do wish that somebody would find him," she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: goodsamaritan; subway

1 posted on 05/26/2010 3:37:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
" Editor's Note: Are you the hero? We want to hear your story. Contact the Daily News at 212-210-1585. "

Either this was a true to life angle, or this person did not want to be subjected to the main stream media hell that it is,,, go ask Joe the plumber what main stream media hell is like...
2 posted on 05/26/2010 3:41:09 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: nickcarraway
Don't often hear of heroism of this caliber. Thanks.
3 posted on 05/26/2010 3:41:23 PM PDT by Anvilhead (Dammit Jim, I'm an American not an American't.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll bet this guy is ex-military.


4 posted on 05/26/2010 3:44:36 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: nickcarraway

TYPO CORRECTION : “ Either this was a true to life angel “


5 posted on 05/26/2010 3:46:52 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: American Constitutionalist

I wouldn’t want the media attention.


6 posted on 05/26/2010 3:48:05 PM PDT by DB
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To: DB
" I wouldn’t want the media attention. "

AMEN !! the MAIN STREAM MEDIA HELL CIRCUS !!
7 posted on 05/26/2010 3:52:45 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: nickcarraway

God knows what you did, Mr. Hero. That’s all you need. If I were you, I would stay anonymous. The mainstream media is vicious and will find some way to tear you down. And much thanks for what you did!


8 posted on 05/26/2010 3:55:44 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: nickcarraway

“While You Were Sleeping”


9 posted on 05/26/2010 3:56:04 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: nickcarraway

“the hero placed Oshita’s body in the well between the rails “

That was risky.


10 posted on 05/26/2010 4:03:36 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: nickcarraway
There's a pic of her at the source link showing her at a sit-in, holding a 'Save UH / Stop UARC' sign. The Save UH / Stop UARC coalition led the campaign to resist the establishment of a Navy-sponsored University Affiliated Resarch Center (UARC) at the University of Hawai’i (UH). --DMZHawaii.org
11 posted on 05/26/2010 4:07:35 PM PDT by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: SunTzuWu
If he is military,


Brooklyn photographer Jessica Oshita (above in an earlier photo from 2005) is saved by a mysterious good Samaritan after falling on the train tracks at Union Square.

it would be quite ironic...

12 posted on 05/26/2010 4:09:57 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Retired Greyhound
That was risky.

Everything is risky. Do you have a point?

13 posted on 05/26/2010 4:13:02 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: Retired Greyhound
“the hero placed Oshita’s body in the well between the rails “

That was risky.


Coincidentally, I was just reading an old issue of "Outdoor" magazine which had a survival quiz in it. One of the questions was "What should you do if you are on the tracks of the NY subway system and don't have time to climb onto the platform before the train reaches you?" The answer was lie down between the rails, because many of them (but not all) are designed to leave space for a person.
14 posted on 05/26/2010 4:15:47 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: don-o

LOL. Actually, no, I really didn’t have a point.

Glad the well between the rails was deep enough.


15 posted on 05/26/2010 4:19:30 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: fr_freak
Coincidentally, I was just reading an old issue of "Outdoor" magazine which had a survival quiz in it. One of the questions was "What should you do if you are on the tracks of the NY subway system and don't have time to climb onto the platform before the train reaches you?" The answer was lie down between the rails, because many of them (but not all) are designed to leave space for a person.

One of the strangest deaths I've ever read about occurred in the NYC Subway. A homeless man was urinating on the tracks and somehow the stream of urine came into contact with the third rail electrocuting the poor devil. I read this in a book by a former NYC medical examiner whos name I'm sorry to say I no longer recall.

16 posted on 05/26/2010 4:29:15 PM PDT by Larry381 (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt)
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To: Larry381

Would that be the literal definition of “p!ssed off?”


17 posted on 05/26/2010 4:32:50 PM PDT by RoseyT (East Texas, Lufkin/Nac area)
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To: American Constitutionalist

I have no problem whatsoever accepting this to have been a guardian angel! I have had a couple of experiences in my life that could not be explained in any other way, period.

The Bible tells us that children have angels who are in the presence of God daily.


18 posted on 05/26/2010 5:05:46 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: Anvilhead

By tomorrow the black man will be Obama and no one in the WH will do anything to deter the story.


19 posted on 05/26/2010 7:03:22 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: Larry381

I sort of doubt that story because the stream of urine is not a laminar flow and the voltage is not high enough to arc between droplets. More likely he stumbled and fell while he was urinating.


20 posted on 05/26/2010 7:06:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: jwparkerjr
If it was a person, it would have been nice for the family to have met him, but, to go through the Main Stream Media Whore house Hell Hole Circus, I would not even blame a angel for not getting involved in that.
21 posted on 05/26/2010 8:59:51 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: fr_freak
Also. if she was knocked out cold by the fall onto the tracks, she is very fortunate to have not waken up while the train was going over her... she better thank GOD to be alive.
22 posted on 05/26/2010 9:03:08 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: Yehuda

Regardless of her political views, we wish her to get well soon and recover from her injuries.


23 posted on 05/26/2010 9:14:28 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: Larry381
One of the strangest deaths I've ever read about occurred in the NYC Subway. A homeless man was urinating on the tracks and somehow the stream of urine came into contact with the third rail electrocuting the poor devil. I read this in a book by a former NYC medical examiner whos name I'm sorry to say I no longer recall.

BTW-The medical examiner in question was Milton Helpern

24 posted on 05/26/2010 11:22:26 PM PDT by Larry381 (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Absolutely!


25 posted on 05/27/2010 12:02:55 AM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I sort of doubt that story because the stream of urine is not a laminar flow and the voltage is not high enough to arc between droplets. More likely he stumbled and fell while he was urinating.

I can believe it because it happened to me - not from the third rail and I was not killed. But, I once pee'ed on my Grandfather's electric fence on his farm. You talk about a tingle up the, well, you know....

26 posted on 05/27/2010 3:19:43 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Deter the story? DETER THE STORY?!?!

My good man they have already issued a press release on how BHO was rasied in Kansas by the lovely, if typically white, Kents and how this act of heroism is "Why he's here".
27 posted on 05/27/2010 5:30:35 AM PDT by Anvilhead (Dammit Jim, I'm an American not an American't.)
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To: Anvilhead

I thought that they were issuing a report on how his mother rode a donkey to the hateful private hospital who refused to deliver him because they had no money so his mother gave birth in a barn and laid him in a feed trough.


28 posted on 05/27/2010 6:33:26 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: tubebender

your input on this?


29 posted on 05/27/2010 8:10:10 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: don-o

Two words Don o... you’re what we call a city slicker. Now what was the first question...


30 posted on 05/27/2010 8:24:14 AM PDT by tubebender (I inherited my insanity from my kids...)
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To: don-o
I found the video of don-o peeing on the electric fence...
31 posted on 05/27/2010 8:35:44 AM PDT by tubebender (I inherited my insanity from my kids...)
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To: tubebender

1. How was I supposed to know?
2. It could have happened to anybody.


32 posted on 05/27/2010 8:41:58 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: tubebender; All

Freepmail me to be added to the Electric Fence Peeeng list


33 posted on 05/27/2010 10:15:40 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

LOL! It’s damn hard to top that.


34 posted on 05/27/2010 10:19:13 AM PDT by Anvilhead (Dammit Jim, I'm an American not an American't.)
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To: nickcarraway

And was her comment upon seeing the L train bearing down on her “O-Shit-A!” ????


35 posted on 05/27/2010 10:21:28 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: American Constitutionalist

bump


36 posted on 05/27/2010 10:59:47 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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