You are reading

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.

email the author:


Click for Comments 

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.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Sen. Ramos delivers potential death blow to Mets owner’s dream of a casino alongside Citi Field

State Senator Jessica Ramos dealt a serious blow Tuesday to New York Mets owner Steve Cohen’s dream of building a massive casino and entertainment complex on the parking lot adjoining Citi Field where Shea Stadium once stood.

Ramos announced she would not support the $8 billion Metropolitan Park proposal, rejecting major pressure from her colleagues in government, including Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and community leaders from nearby neighborhoods, who urged her to support permitted use legislation that would be required to build the complex on state-owned public parkland.