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Man Struck, Killed by LIRR Train in Forest Hills on Sunday: MTA

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Dec. 17, 2018 By Meghan Sackman

A man was struck by a Long Island Rail Road train and killed in Forest Hills Sunday morning, MTA officials say.

The man, identified as 28-year-old Stefan White from Richmond Hill, was hit around 5:14 a.m. on Dec. 16 by a Penn Station-bound train on the Babylon branch near the Forest Hills Station.

MTA police said the incident does not appear to be accidental or criminal in nature, and could possibly be a suicide.

All service was suspended on this line for about an hour, with limited Manhattan bound service beginning just after 7 a.m. that bypassed Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, and Woodside stations. Full service resumed just before 10 a.m.

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Donny Herman

I know the guy and he struggled with alcohol and drugs. So sad. Wish he’d asked for help. He had a baby on the way too

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Anthony Scheinman

Any idea how he got onto the tracks? The tracks are elevated at Forest Hills; was he hit closer to Kew Gardens, where the tracks are at ground-level?

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FoHi resident

Saw a fence broken open at Ehrenreich playground. Maybe he entered there? The fence opening wasn’t there last week. So sad. Need more mental help support available for people.

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Harvey Wachtel

Most likely he entered the station the usual way and either jumped down from the platform to the tracks or descended the ladder at the end of the platform intended for track workers.
There’s no station fare collection on LIRR so track access is trivial.

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Wilson E Alvarez

you can still walk right up the stairs at forest hills.. theres nothing to prevent anybody from entering tracks. on kew gardens as well as forest hills stop. in both directions

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Richard Romano

You can get on anywhere if you really want to do so. So sorry to hear it about anybody regardless if their age. Young man with an illness apparently but not viewed that way by many. Nobody likes being an addict or alcoholic. I worked in the field for 27 years and saw suffering first hand. Ask for help. Many treatment options available.

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