Train fare dodger dies after jumping over barrier

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Train fare dodger dies after jumping over barrier
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Train fare dodger dies after jumping over a barrier in New York.

According to the police, 28-year-old Christopher De La Cruz died after a tragic mishap on Sunday morning, January 2. The father died in New York City after he attempted to jump a turnstile barrier to allegedly avoid paying.

CCTV footage of Christopher attempting to jump the barriers has been shared widely across social media. He allegedly made multiple attempts to jump the turnstiles to avoid paying before crashing to the floor.

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The death is believed to be a freak accident and police believe that Christopher broke his neck during the fall. Christopher died at a subway station in Queens, New York City.

The emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident where Christopher was lying unconscious on the floor of the subway station. He died at the scene though despite the best efforts of the medics.

According to NYPD, the young man had tripped while trying to jump the barriers and hit his head hard on the concrete floor. Footage of the incident showed him flipping over the barriers.


Subway rides only cost a few dollars and the death could have been avoided. Speaking to The Daily News, Christopher’s father said: “What can I say? He did a mistake.”

So far the cause of death has not been confirmed by the medical examiner.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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