A 22-year-old DJ from the Bronx was electrocuted and struck by a train after dropping his iPhone on the subway tracks early Saturday morning.
Francisco Diego, Jr., who went by the name “Tech Trackz,” told a toll booth clerk at the Wakefield-241st Street station that he dropped his phone on the tracks shortly after 1:10 am. The clerk told him to wait while she helped him get it. Diego didn’t wait for the clerk and tried to grab the phone off the tracks himself. A 2 train arriving entered the station, and Diego went between two of the cars to try and get the phone but ended up electrocuting himself on the third rail. The train then started moving. and Diego was knocked onto the tracks. He was then struck by the train.
Diego, who lived in the Foxhurst section of the Bronx, was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in Morris Park, but he didn’t make it.
A makeshift memorial was erected outside of Diego’s Fox St. home, and friends and family reminisced about the young DJ who had just worked a Memorial Day party at Maximo’s Place, a nightclub where he often hosted parties.
One friend, Kevin Atterbury, said Diego wasn’t the type to jump onto the tracks. “He would just get a new one. That’s why this is so shocking.”
However, family members said this wasn’t the first time he tried to retrieve his phone after dropping it.
“He’s done it before, which is why he tried to do it again,” Diego’s sister, Nandy, said. “But this time it wasn’t successful. I feel like my heart has been ripped out.”
Francisco Diego, Jr. is the second person to be struck by a train in a 24-hour time period. A man who was trying to cross the tracks at the E. 174th St. station was hit by a northbound 2 train around 2:15 am Friday. The man was pinned between the train and the platform, and was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. Unfortunately, he couldn’t be saved.
[Photo credit: R.I.P Tech Trackz / Facebook]