Woman pushed in front of Metro-North train

September 25, 2013 5:42:19 PM PDT
Authorities say a woman suffered injuries when someone pushed her in front of a train at the White Plains Metro-North station.

"I'm just thankful that she's alive," said the victim's brother.

Eyewitness News caught up with the victim's brother at Metro-North's White Plains station where, just hours earlier Wednesday, 39-year-old Howard Mickens is accused of pushing the woman onto the tracks in front of an empty but moving northbound train.

The victim's brother asked that Eyewitness News not reveal his identity or his sister's name.

"I know that she is stable. And I know that she will probably be going into surgery for her leg soon, not exactly sure," the victim's brother said.

An MTA spokeswoman told Eyewitness News police immediately arrested Mickens who pushed the 21-year-old college student on to the tracks.

The man is well-known to Gary Waxman, a vendor at the White Plains station for more than 30 years.

"He is a homeless guy who's been hanging around the station here for the last five to six months. About four or five times a week he will come by. He stands out in front and asks for money, kind of threatening looking. Today he decided he was going to flip out and do something," Waxman said.

After the train hit the young woman, an MTA officer climbed down to the tracks to help the victim and calm her down. She was rushed to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

"What I know for sure is at least several fingers were amputated which they took on ice. Pray God for surgical re-attachment," said Scott, a witness.

Mickens is charged with 2nd degree attempted murder. He is likely to be arraigned in White Plains Thursday.