Two struck, one killed by subway train in Queens

May 15, 2010 7:10:45 PM PDT
Flashing lights and police tape surrounded the 36th Avenue subway station in Astoria almost immediately after two people were hit by an "N" train. "I'm going to miss him, I love him," said Kimberly Gomez, the victim's sister.

Tears for a good brother, and a Good Samaritan, killed in a horrific accident Friday night.

Jose Gomez, 29, was struck and killed by a northbound "N" subway train.

It happened at the 36th Avenue Station in Astoria just after 10:30 p.m.

Gomez was on the platform when his friend dropped her coat.

The 18-year-old woman jumped onto the tracks to try and retrieve it, and Gomez followed.

Both were hit by the oncoming train.

The motorman told police it appeared Gomez tried to push the girl, 18-year-old Beatriz Briceno, out of the way.

She is in critical but stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital.

Gomez was pronounced dead on arrival.

He had just moved to the U.S. from Venezuela three years ago and was working in a restaurant.

The fact that he sprang into action trying to help somebody else came as no surprise to his family.

"He tried to save the girl," said his mother, Luisa, "He was like a gift from God, I have no bad things to say about him."

For a family there is now grief in what should have been a week of celebration.

Gomez was killed just six days shy of his 30th birthday.