The community of New York City, as well as the entire nation, is devastated to learn more about the condition of a woman who was shoved into a moving subway train. According to recent reports, the woman only has a 10% chance of ever walking again.
Reports indicate that the 35-year-old woman, Emine Ozsoy, was walking on a downtown platform on Sunday, May 21st. It was about 6:05 A.M. when Ozsoy was waiting at the Lexington Ave. E. 63rd St. station. A train started to pull out of the subway station, and Ozsoy was quietly standing by.
Suddenly, a man walked up behind Ozsoy and shoved her into the moving train. The woman’s head struck the moving train, and she was very seriously injured. Emergency medics were called to the scene, and Ozsoy was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell.
Ozsoy’s relative recently spoke to the media about what happened. According to the relative, Ozsoy broke her neck, ribs, and spine. She’s already undergone two surgeries. One of those surgeries lasted for 12 hours. While Ozsoy has been able to speak, she does not remember much about what happened, and she’s still in a very serious condition.
After shoving Ozsoy into the train, the attacker reportedly ran off towards an exit. He has not yet been caught or identified. Authorities have released surveillance footage of the suspect in hopes that someone in the community will recognize the suspect and come forward. It’s estimated that the suspect is between 30 and 40 years old.
Felony Assault in New York
Under New York law, anyone who injures someone else without a legal justification for doing so is considered guilty of committing assault. Assault is a very broad charge, though, so the severity of the charges hinges on several factors.
A misdemeanor assault occurs when someone intends to harm someone else and does so, inflicting substantial pain. Second degree assault is considered a class D felony that happens when the perpetrator causes physical injury whether intentionally or recklessly. When very serious physical injuries are involved, the charges are usually considered a Class B felony.
If you get convicted of felony assault, then you’ll spend a minimum of two years in prison and up to 25 years. You’ll also likely have to pay fines and submit to probation even once you serve out your time behind bars. On top of that, you’ll also lose some of your rights as a result of being convicted of a felony.
You’ll no longer be eligible to vote, and you’ll no longer have the right to possess firearms. You won’t be able to run for public office, and you might also be barred from other professions and career options, too.
The best way to avoid the penalties associated with assault is to avoid a conviction. The best way to avoid a conviction is to hire a quality criminal defense lawyer to help you come up with a solid defense strategy. To get started today, schedule a free case evaluation with our attorneys.