A 48-year-old man was fatally shoved in front of an oncoming Queens subway train during Monday night’s rush hour after he accidentally bumped into another rider, cops and police sources said.
The senseless crime occurred after the pusher’s cellphone dropped onto the tracks when he was bumped into at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue 74th Street station just before 4:45 p.m., according to cops and the sources.
The man who was bumped into yelled at the other man to retrieve his phone from the tracks, sources said. The rider refused and the pair got into a scuffle.
The man who lost his phone then pushed the victim down to the tracks — in front of an oncoming Jamaica-bound F train, according to police.
The victim was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The fatal shove is the ninth homicide in the city’s subway system this year — breaking 2021’s 25-year high of eight murders within the system.
The suspect was taken into police custody. He has not yet been charged.