Just a few days after the death of Brian O’Mara of Garden City, the 22-year-old financial analyst killed by a subway train while wandering around in a tunnel between stations on the L line, we see another report reminding us of how dangerous tracks and tunnels can be.
Briant Rowe, a 24-year-old banker from East Flatbush, had been partying in Manhattan with friends from Omega Psi Phi fraternity, relatives said. Later, he went wandering along the subway tracks, and got killed by a train. And now, Briant Rowe’s mother, Marva Nelson, is arguing that the MTA is at fault in her $50 million lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
According to Nelson, MTA should have shut down the entire line while they searched (a token clerk apparently reported that Rowe had jumped onto the tracks). But transit workers gave an all-clear after searching for 40 minutes. About two hours following that report, Rowe was hit and killed by a No. 5 train heading north into the Newkirk Ave. station.