The subway push photo making headlines this week after Queens man Ki-Suck Han was shoved into the path of an oncoming train was a controversial look at a killing as it happened in Times Square — worsened by the decision of the New York Post to publish the horrifying image on its front page.
In the wake of the cover and controversy, the subway push photo was viewed worldwide, and now Han’s only child, 20-year-old Ashley Han, has spoken up about her father’s murder and the criticism of witnesses who many felt didn’t do enough to save the man trapped on the Q train’s tracks.
Of the subway push photo and the aftermath, Ashley Han is remarkably calm and accepting of her dad’s fate. The Queens woman acknowledges, however, that she feels he could have been saved:
“What’s done is done … The thought of someone helping him up in a matter of seconds would have been great … I just wish I had one last chance to tell my dad how much I love him.”
Photographer of the subway push photo, R. Umar Abbasi, says that his photo-snapping was in actuality an attempt to signal the Q train’s driver and blames other straphangers for not stepping in. Abbasi said:
“It took me a second to figure out what was happening … I saw the lights in the distance.”
“My mind was to alert the train. The people who were standing close to him … they could have moved and grabbed him and pulled him up. No one made an effort.”
Yesterday, 30-year-old Naeem Davis, a Times Square street vendor, was arraigned on second-degree murder charges in Han’s death.