Subway passenger dragged to death in Kew Gardens

A man was killed under an F train at the Union Turnpike stop when he was trapped in the closing doors.
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A subway passenger was dragged to his death Monday night after he got stuck in the doors of an F train as it left a Kew Gardens subway station, MTA officials said.

Edward Leonard, 51, attempted to board a southbound train in the Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens station around 6:45 p.m. when the doors closed on him, an MTA spokesman said.

Leonard, who had been living in South Ozone Park’s Skyway homeless shelter, was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital, police said.

The MTA and the Transit Workers Union were unable to say how the man got struck.

Investigators were questioning the train crew, who are also being tested for any traces of drugs and alcohol, an MTA spokeswoman said.

The NYPD was also investigating the incident.

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 1:29 pm, February 16, 2016
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whole story from queens says:
Read that he was believed to be intoxicated. Guess with free rent he was able to afford more liquor.
Feb. 16, 2016, 3:10 pm

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