Ute Linhart was waiting for a northbound train at the West 28th Street N/R Stop on Aug 11, 2010.
As she stood there, a drunk man — Jose Rojas — was accosting some other commuters on the narrow platform.
He then walked directly toward Linhart, moved behind her, and shoved her into the oncoming train, sending her flying into the first car.
Linhart lived, but suffered broken cheek, rib, shoulder, and arm bones and teeth. She’ll also have nerve and spinal damage for the rest of her life.
Today, Rojas got convicted of assault in the first degree for the attack.
“The victim endured every New Yorker’s nightmare,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.
“She was attacked on a crowded subway platform and shoved into an oncoming train. The defendant’s actions caused the victim to suffer life-long injuries and nearly caused her death.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 24, 2012