This past Monday a man was tragically killed at Bloor-Yonge subway station after being intentionally pushed by his assailant, but the man's identity remained a mystery. Police have now identified the deceased victim as 73-year-old Yosuke Hayahara from Toronto.
Hayahara was waiting on the eastbound subway platform when he was pushed in front of an oncoming train. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, but later died of his injuries, and police arrested his assailant 57-year-old John Reszetnik at the scene. Reszetnik has since appeared in court, and been charged with first-degree murder. His second court appearance is set for July 17th.
Police say that there is no evidence that the two men knew each other, with Detective Rob North telling reporters at a press conference that the attack was apparently unprovoked.
The event has led Torontonians and city councillors to push for subway safety measures including barriers being installed between the platform and oncoming trains.
TTC spokesperson Brad Ross told CTV News that people being intentionally pushed on subway platforms are a rare occurrence, with the last intentional murder being in 1997. Speaking of subway incidents generally Ross said,"To date we've had 18 incidents, 12 attempts and six fatalities."
While Mayor John Tory said the idea should be considered he noted that the project would pose a challenge, costing over $1 billion. But he admitted that he'd be willing to re-examine the project in order to prevent further loss of life.
Source: CTV News