The fare evader who died after breaking his neck while drunkenly trying to jump barriers at a Queens subway station is being remembered by his loved ones as a devoted father to his four year old son.
Police said 28-year-old Christopher De La Cruz died Saturday morning after jumping over a New York City subway turnstile at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue train station in Queens, tripping and cracking his head on the concrete floor.
He has been pictured in photos released by his grieving relatives, riding a merry-go-round with his son, and toting the little boy on his shoulders for a photograph.
The Medical Examiner determined the accidental death was caused by blunt impact injury of head and neck.
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Described as a loving father, family shared photos of De La Cruz going for a ride on a merry go round with his four-year-old son
Family shared photographs of De La Cruz beaming while hoisting his son on his shoulder
Graphic surveillance video of the incident showed De La Cruz struggling to lift his legs over the turnstile before falling forward and hitting his head on the floor
Surveillance footage of the incident shows that at first, De La Cruz falls into the turnstiles, sending his phone skidding across the floor.
The footage then goes on to show him stumbling around and struggling to lift his body before he slips and breaks his neck.
Cops and EMS personnel responded to a call of a man lying unconscious on the mezzanine floor of the station, which serves the E, F, M and R lines.
Police said that the 28-year-old was drinking before the tragic accident.
The freak accident has left De La Cruz’s family in shock and struggling to cope with his sudden death.
‘For us, the shock is really here,’ his brother Brian told the New York Daily News as the family makes funeral plans. ‘There’s never really words to describe the loss, especially as his brother. There’s nobody to replace him or his love of his son. It really seemed like things were looking up and unfortunately this happened.’
Christopher De La Cruz, 28, died Saturday morning after jumping over a New York City subway turnstile at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue in Queens, tripping and cracking his head on the concrete floor. He was unconscious when police and EMS personnel arrived at the scene
Before his fatal fall De La Cruz was captured stumbling around and struggling to lift his body over the turnstiles
To honor his brother, who he described as ‘the kindest soul’ Brian created a GoFundMe that has already raised over $15,000.
The fundraiser featured photographs of De La Cruz beaming while hoisting his son on his shoulder and another of the pair going for a ride on a merry go round.
Brian said all donations will go towards helping with funeral costs and creating a college fun for De La Cruz’ four-year-old son Neithyn, who Brian says was very close to his dad.
‘If there was one thing in this world that my brother wanted to be remembered for, it was his love for his son who meant the world to him,’ Brian wrote on the fundraiser. ‘Anyone who has ever spoken to Chris, for even a brief moment, has probably seen my nephew’s face or heard about the love my brother had for him.’
‘No amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one,’ Brian wrote. ‘We ask that you donate what you can, if you can. Thank you’
In a separate social media post the mother of De La Cruz’s son said that the 28-year-old was thoughtful and a ‘pure soul’ and that his memory will live on though his son, the Daily News reported.
‘The light you shined was beyond this world,’ she wrote. ‘Your contagious laughter, your whole aura radiated love to its core. The purest of souls, because you would always share whatever you had, even like splitting the last slice in half.’
‘Your son will always know of your name, your love & all the love you ever gave him & will continue to give him from beyond this dimension. I love you,’ she added.
Source: Daily Mail