Aspiring actress, 21, killed after she was hit by train and dragged onto the tracks at NYC subway station
The NYPD is currently investigating the death of a young aspiring actress who was killed early Saturday morning by a subway train. As per the police authorities, Helen McDonald Phalon of Brooklyn, New York, suffered a harrowing death after she was hit and dragged by a southbound No. 6 subway train at the Union Square station in Manhattan around 3 a. m.
The NY police department noted that the 21-year-old got either her clothes or body parts caught by the train as it pulled into the station. The police also said that CCTV camera footage from the site captured the moment Phalon was dragged away on the platform before she ultimately was pulled onto the tracks where she was killed, reports Wall Street Journal.
According to the victim's mother, the young girl had moved to New York City from South Carolina with dreams of becoming an actress. "She was an amazing, beautiful light, and I'm devastated," McDonald-Phalon's mother told the WSJ. Once emergency responders reached the site, the Metro Transit Authority cut power to the tracks, however, the young girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Preliminary investigation indicates [Phalon's death was] accidental, however, the investigation is ongoing," New York police reportedly said. Phalon, who was working at ThinkGeek in Manhattan at the time of her death, also had a lot of co-workers mourning her tragic death.
"This Holiday weekend has brought with it some tragic news," the company posted on its Facebook page where it promoted a GoFundMe account for Phalon's family on Sunday. "[Helen] was an amazing person to work with and simply a good-hearted individual,' the company added.
"Helen was a deeply caring, empathetic, and most of all humorous person. A true beacon of joy and positivity to all those fortunate enough to know her, or know of her. ... Though this loss has dimmed our lives for the moment, we keep her memories alive in our hearts. We love you, Helen!"