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Man Struck by LIRR Train Near Woodside

A man was hit by a Long Island Rail Road train about 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, just west of the Woodside station.

The police have not determined how and why the man was on the tracks.

However, the man was not a passenger or an LIRR employee, a LIRR spokesman told the Sunnyside Post. Instead, the victim was referred to as “unauthorized person on the track.”

Newsday identified the man as Matthew Sweet, 20, from Brooklyn. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital after the incident. His mother, Angie Colon, told Newsday that he was brain dead and his kidneys had failed.

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I think I was on the train before the one that hit him, unless the train that hit him was going west toward Penn. Why was he on the tracks. Such a young man. I’m sorry for him and his family.

Friend of Matthew

I still can’t believe he’s gone. It’s sad to know that he felt he had no reason to live anymore. All of us were shocked when we learned the reasons behind it, but still feel that suicide wasn’t the answer.


No he was not a graffiti punk. He was a friend of mine who was going through a tough time and decided to end his life. Cowardly yes. But keep your “teach them all a lesson” bullshit to yourself. Unless your out there helping to clean it up, you can’t speak on it. Don’t give your opinion until you know the situation.


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