They identify as Hispanic the stowaway who died when jumping the turnstile to avoid paying $ 2.75 in the New York Subway

There are more and more stowaways on the New York Subway.

Photo: Mariela Lombard / El Diario NY

As Christopher De La Cruz, the young man who died when he fell trying to jump the turnstile was identified to avoid paying $ 2.75 dollars in the New York Subway.

De La Cruz, 28, was pronounced dead following the incident at Forest Hills-71st Av station in Queens around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, police said.

One dramatic surveillance video spread by New York Post shows De La Cruz carrying a backpack trying to jump over a turnstile several times after entering the Metro station, but initially slips and appears to drop the phone. Then backtrack briefly before repeatedly try to jump another tourniquet.

On the last attempt, De La Cruz can be seen getting up, but losing his balance and flipping the spinning bar. At that moment crashed on his head and broke his necksaid the police. He was seen motionless between the turnstiles immediately afterward. They pronounced him dead at the scene.

More and more New Yorkers enter the Metro without paying, some for not having money and others for simple vandalism. The “toll” collectors have also appeared: people who open the emergency doors of the stations to let others pass in exchange for a Cash “collaboration”.

Ironically, very few use the city’s “Fair Fares” program for low-income New Yorkers to pay half the fare in public transport, the same that applies to students, people with disabilities and people over 65 years of age.

Until last September, according to the mayor’s count, Only 245,440 residents had enrolled, a very low number (35%) considering that up to 700,000 New Yorkers could be eligible.

Income requirements are based on federal poverty levels and consider pay stubs, tax returns, or information from other programs, like unemployment benefits or food. Check eligibility for the program here.

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