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New York Post: Injured Worker

New York Post: Marc Held, Partner, Held & Hines, LLP Quoted Re: Injured Worker
Residents support porter whose legs were chopped off by subway

By Josh Saul and Tina MooreOctober 26, 2015 | 5:34am

Residents support porter whose legs were chopped off by subway
Hector Vasquez-Cruz in the hospital where he is recovering from a tragic accident that cost him his legs.
Photo: J.C. Rice
A man who lost both his legs when he was hit by a subway train earlier this month is finding out he was more than just another employee at the swanky Upper East Side building where he worked as a porter.
Residents and even other workers such as nannies at The Somerset on York Avenue near East 73rd Street — where apartments rent for more than $7,000 a month — have rallied around the badly maimed 30-year-old Bronx man.
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Hector Vasquez-Cruz
A notice about Hector Vasquez-Cruz’s Oct. 16 accident was posted in the elevator and residents have since sent him cards — many with checks for between $20 and $500.
“To me, he’s not just a porter, he’s a really good friend,” said 10-year-old young resident Daniel Kraskin.
Nannies who work for the building’s well-heeled residents say they plan to visit Vasquez-Cruz at Lincoln Hospital, where he is recuperating.
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Vasquez-Cruz’s parrot, Pikachu
Vasquez-Cruz doesn’t know how he ended up on the tracks at the Hunts Point station at around 3:30 a.m. He said he got off work at 11 the night before, but because he lost so much blood in the accident, the rest is a blur.
“I remember waving at the train when I was down on the tracks,” he said. “Just that image, it’s like nightmare.”
He said he also misses his pet parrot, Pikachu, whom he hasn’t seen since he left work the day before the accident.
“I love her so, so much,” he said.
But “my main focus is, don’t worry about the legs and keep going forward, because I want to go back to work,” he said from his hospital bed.
“Life is a struggle, and at the end of the day, whether it’s the best day or the worst day, you still got to deal with it. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m just trying to deal with this as calmly as possible.”
His lawyer, Marc J. Held of the firm Held & Hines, said the unions representing transit workers have asked the MTA to improve subway safety in part by having trains enter stations at slower speeds.
“Had the MTA followed these recommendations, Hector would be at work today instead of in a hospital bed recovering from unspeakable injuries,” Held said.

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