Woman Killed: Shoved in Front of Train

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A tragic incident unfolded at Powell Street Station in San Francisco, California when a 74-year-old woman was pushed onto the tracks of an oncoming Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train. The suspect, a 49-year-old transient named Trevor Belmont, also known as Hoak Taing, was soon captured by BART police.

The unfortunate victim, identified as Corazon Dandan from San Mateo County, was standing on the platform awaiting a train to Millbrae when the event took place at around 11:05 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2024.

Details provided by BART police indicate that Belmont allegedly pushed Dandan into the approaching train, causing her to strike her head on the train and subsequently fall onto the platform. She was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital but succumbed to her injuries.

BART Police Chief Kevin Franklin characterized the incident as a purposeful act. “We believe the suspect intentionally pushed this person into that oncoming train, causing those serious injuries,” Franklin shared.

Dandan’s unexpected demise has left her family and colleagues in mourning. Known for her commitment and warmth, Dandan was employed as a telephone operator at the Parc 55 Hotel. Her nephew, Dr. Alvin Dandan, a physician based in St. Louis, lauded her altruism and supportiveness. “She just loved working and being around younger people,” Alvin stated. “I wouldn’t be here, and many of my cousins wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for her. She put a lot of people through school.”

Belmont, who has previous encounters with law enforcement but not for violent offenses, was detained on the platform soon after the incident. He has been confined to San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of committing homicide.

This marks the first homicide on the BART system for this year. BART police are conducting an active investigation, which includes interviewing witnesses, analyzing evidence, and examining surveillance footage to ascertain the motive behind the attack.

The tragic episode involving Dandan has triggered conversations about public transit safety and the difficulties posed by individuals with severe mental health issues within these settings. Dandan is remembered by her family, friends, and coworkers as a generous and affectionate individual who left a significant mark on their lives.

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