Who is Terrell Harris? NYC motorman fired after he let untrained GF drive train full of people
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: Police are on the lookout for an MTA motorman who allegedly allowed his untrained girlfriend to operate a D-line train full of passengers. The incident took place on Friday, August 13, when motorman Terrell Harris was apparently on a date with girlfriend Dominique Belgrave in the subway. In a now-deleted series of Instagram stories posted by Belgrave, the couple could be seen holding hands and sharing romantic moments in the driver's cab. "Yes, this is me operating the train right now," an exhilarated Belgrave could be heard saying in one of the videos, which she captioned, "Conducting The D u hurdddd."
The dangerously romantic episode did not end here as Harris and Belgrave also posed for selfies together in the cab, all the while an untrained Belgrave was operating the train. They also held hands over the controls as the train jaunted through 50th Street, 55th Street, and 62nd Street stations. In one of the videos, when the train can be seen traveling towards Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, Harris complained about stop markers to his girlfriend as she responded, "Y’all ain’t put the stickers in a visible place!" A third video clip shows the woman going back inside the passenger car.
Who is Terrell Harris?
Terrell Harris is a 32-year-old Bronx native who works as a motorman with Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City. According to SeeThroughNY, the fifth-year MTA employee earned around $117,486 in 2020. His Facebook profile, which appears to be inactive for quite a while, shows him as a graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School.
As soon as Belgrave's videos surfaced, it was circulated widely by other MTA workers. Eventually, a supervisor saw the videos and reported the incident to NYPD. Interim Transit President Craig Cipriano issued a statement saying, "This video is beyond egregious showing a train operator who betrayed the trust of New Yorkers while creating a dangerous condition. I want to assure customers that the operator involved has been removed from service and will no longer be allowed to control a train.”
It is not clear if Harris or Belgrave will face any criminal charges. Meanwhile, Dominique Belgrave, who goes by the name Nicky Kelly on social media, posted a series of updates on Facebook alleging 'cyber bullying' by MTA personnel and social media users.
In her latest Facebook post, the 28-year-old wrote, "I didn’t sleep at all I’m outside somewhere I feel really bad and there is NO amount of sorries that can fix things everyone that knows me fr KNOWS I take accountability for my actions but that don’t make it ok for you holier than fuckin thou MTA personnel to sit here try to add me tell me that I’m obsessed with social media but took the time to find me on FB &IG verbally harassed me talk about my looks basically cyber bully me it doesn’t change the fact it happened 2 Days ago nobody died it wasn’t a bumpy ride and nope I’d rather the medical field because y’all are weird anyways ￼leave me alone and like I said before I didn’t post it public it was amongst people I kno and that person showed someone who recorded it and made it public yes a MTA employee what a plot twist if y’all really cared about my friends job so much why would one of his own make it viral I’ll wait yea his IG name Moreno_pesos"
Harris has been unavailable for any comments on the incident.