Mum Carrying Pram Dies After Falling Down Stairs In New York Subway Station
A young mother has died in New York City after falling down a flight of stairs at a subway station while carrying her baby in a stroller.
Connecticut woman Malaysia Goodson, 22, was unconscious and unresponsive when officers arrived at the Seventh Avenue subway station, the New York Times reports. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Her one-year-old daughter Rhylee was found conscious and treated at the scene, and is in the care of her father and grandmother.
Goodson's death has prompted an outcry from the public over New York City's lack of accessibility, where less than a third of the city's 472 subway stations have alternative transport methods for people who can't use stairs or escalators.
Less then half of the neighbourhoods served by the subway have at least one elevator-accessible station, according to a 2018 report, which doesn't take into account frequent elevator outages and malfunctions.
A 10-minute journey for able-bodied people can take up to three hours for disabled people or those who are otherwise mobility impaired, said Centre for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) organiser Monica Bartley in 2018.
The CIDNY is behind a pair of ongoing state and federal lawsuits, filed in 2017, alleging the Metropolitan Transport Authority's (MTA) failure to install elevators in every station is in violation of state human rights legislation and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The MTA has pledged to make 50 more stations accessible by 2023, but this falls far short of complete accessibility.