Woman charged in Queens subway death

Police say Erika Menendez pushed Sunando Sen from behind into the path of an oncoming 7 train as it headed into the 40th Street-Lowery Street

Police say they have a woman in custody in connection with the pushing death of a subway rider in Queens.

Police say they have a woman in custody in connection with the pushing death of a subway rider in Queens. (12/29/12)

QUEENS - A woman has been arrested and charged in the subway death of a Queens man.

Police say Erika Menendez pushed Sunando Sen from behind into the path of an oncoming 7 train as it headed into the 40th Street-Lowery Street station on Dec. 27.

The 31-year-old told police she pushed Sen off the platform because she believed he was a Muslim. Menedez is facing second-degree murder as a hate crime charges. If convicted, she faces 25 years to life in prison.

This subway death was one of the two in New York City in this past month alone. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) say it will consider testing platform edge barriers.

The MTA admits there will be a challenge in installing the expensive barriers, as every stations' layout is different.

MTA officials say the yellow lines are on the platforms for a reason, urging anyone who drops something to leave it there and let an MTA worker know.

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