A Connecticut mother died after falling down the stairs leading to a New York subway with her 1-year-old daughter and stroller in tow.
Malaysia Goodson, 22, was found unconscious in at 53rd Street and 7th Avenue subway station Monday night alongside her daughter, Rhylee, who was conscious and not injured, according to reports.
The mother was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Goodson, of Stamford, had reportedly been in the city for shopping trip when the tragic fall occurred. Law enforcement said Tuesday, however, that the young mom probably died from the medical episode and not the fall, the New York Post reported.
That particular station had no elevators. Goodson’s mom said her daughter suffered from “thyroid issues” that could have contributed to the fall, the paper reported. An official cause of death has not been released yet.
“I don’t know, maybe she was starting to feel faint,” her mom, Tamika Goodson, told the Post. “I’m just still trying to take it all in. I’m trying to see if I’m dreaming. I’m in disbelief.”
The MTA later issued a statement Goodson’s death, stating that they hope to better accessibility in its stations.
“This is an absolutely heartbreaking incident. While the ultimate cause of the event is being investigated by the MTA, medical examiner, and the NYPD, we know how important it is to improve accessibility in our system,” the company told WABC.