An unidentified New York University student took his own life by jumping in front of an oncoming subway train on Tuesday, October 2. The student’s identity was not immediately released. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the New York Police Department, the 18-year-old man was struck and killed by a northbound L train at the 1st Avenue-14th Street station in the East Village at around 12:05 p.m., officials said. The NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information said that
After the incident, L train service was temporarily stopped in Manhattan in both directions as a result.
L train service is resuming after someone was struck by a train at 1 Av. Continue to expect delays in both directions while congestion clears.https://t.co/wTZHk84Am2
— NYCT Subway. Stay Home. Stop the Spread. (@NYCTSubway) October 2, 2018
New York University released a statement to NYU Local through spokesperson John Beckman, saying that the university is “aware of the death of a student today” and that “the matter remains under investigation by the authorities.”
“The [train’s] motorman observed the deceased jumping in front of the oncoming train as it entered the station,” the office stated in an email.
“We therefore want to take this moment to remind the entire NYU community of the extensive resources we have to help students. The professionals at the Wellness Exchange are available 24/7 to help, to provide support, to connect students to services, or just to talk,” the statement said.
The university has urged anyone who needs help to contact the Wellness Center, which is available 24/7 at 212-443-9999.
If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-783-2433.