A Queens father trying to protect fellow subway passengers from a mentally deranged man ended up losing his life Monday.
Ki Suk Han, 58 of Elmhurst met his end when the man pushed him onto the subway tracks at the Times Square subway station.
After being pushed on the tracks, Han desperately tried to climb back to safety but the Q train struck him moments later.
The train’s conductor at West 49th Street and 7th Avenue tried to slow down the train but could not bring it to a complete stop.
Eyewitnesses at the scene said that prior to the train’s arrival at the station the perpetrator grabbed Han and threw him straight onto the tracks.
People tried frantically to stop the train, waving their hands and yelling to the man on the tracks to get out.
According to the New York Post, eyewitnesses said they could see Han’s body flying through the air. Many saw him looking directly at the oncoming train lights before he was struck.
One witness said that Han was dragged at least 10 to 15 feet along the tracks.
Han, who lived with his wife and daughter in Elmhurst, was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, were he was pronounced dead.
No one could be reached for comment at Han’s residence in Queens. On Wednesday the family and community and church leaders met with City Comptroller John Liu at their church, Woori Presbyterian in Maspeth.
Police arrested the alleged attacker, Naeem Davis, 30 in connection with the gruesome murder on Dec. 4. Area residents described Davis as a homeless man who previously worked at the Pax eatery in Times Square, the Post reported.
The attacker told police that the victim was harassing him and that he repeatedly asked to be left alone, the paper said.
The alleged perpetrator was arrested near 50th Street and Seventh Avenue after a transit police officer reportedly recognized him.
The suspect has eight prior arrests in the city, reports said. Police have officially charged him with second-degree murder with depraved indifference and attempted second-degree murder.