Suspect arrested in death of man pushed in front of DART train



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Posted on November 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 23 at 12:00 PM

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DALLAS - A 19-year-old man was killed Tuesday night after several people pushed him into the side of an arriving DART train in South Dallas.

The incident happened about 6:40 p.m. on the southbound platform of the Green Line's MLK Station. Overnight, seven witnesses were interviewed by police and one suspect was arrested early this morning.

Investigators told News 8 Octavius Lanier was struck from behind and shoved into the side of the train.

One of Lanier's legs slipped off the platform and was pinned between the moving train. Police said while the victim was dragged about 30 feet, an artery in his leg was severed.

Paramedics took him to Baylor Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7 p.m.

DART closed the southbound tracks for several hours Tuesday night as Dallas police detectives searched for clues, snapped pictures and collected evidence.

At least seven witnesses told police what happened. DART said its surveillance cameras also captured the crime.

Late Tuesday night, Dallas police were investigating a claim that those responsible knew the victim, and did not intend to hurt him.

DART's Green Line experienced slight delays Thursday night as trains traveling in both directions had to use the northbound platform to pick-up and drop-off passengers.