Young Mom Who Died After Falling Down NYC Subway Stairs

A mother carrying shopping bags, a stroller and her 1-year-old baby died on Monday after falling down a flight of stairs in a NY subway station, officials said.

Malaysia Goodson, 22, of Stamford, tumbled at the 7th Ave.

Shams Tarek, an MTA spokesman, said the Seventh Avenue B-D-E station where Goodson fell does have escalators. Police say Goodson was found unresponsive on the platform around 8pm Monday and was pronounced dead in the hospital, the Guardian reports.

Malaysia Goodson was entering a station in Manhattan on Monday when the incident occurred, reports CBS New York. Her 1-year-old daughter, Rhylee, was nestled inside. Her tragedy has renewed calls to expand accessibility for the subway's disabled riders - and mothers. He was one of several politicians, including the City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, to call for a more accessible subway system.

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

"This is a heartbreaking tragedy that never should have happened", New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Tuesday.

Police have said that it is not clear if Ms Goodson passed away due to the fall, or if she suffered from a medical condition.

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

"While the cause of death is pending in this case, we can state that there is no significant trauma, and this fatality appears to be related to a pre-existing medical condition", Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

One survey of subway elevator breakdowns found that, on average, each elevator breaks down 53 times a year.

Malaysia Goodman's mother, Tamika, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her daughter's funeral.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office told reporters that the MTA needs to "make accessibility a priority".

  • Tracy Klein