Man Crushed by L Train Caused Fall onto Subway Tracks, Court Papers Say

By Meredith Hoffman on March 29, 2012 3:26pm 

Ryan Beauchamp, 33, was charged with attempted assault in the death of a straphanger at the Bedford Avenue L train station.
Ryan Beauchamp, 33, was charged with attempted assault in the death of a straphanger at the Bedford Avenue L train station.
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WILLIAMSBURG — The young man crushed by an L train after a brawl at the Bedford Avenue subway station last week caused the fatal tumble from the platform, court papers revealed.

Joshua Basin, 20, was struck and killed by a Manhattan-bound L train on March 23, after suspect Ryan Beauchamp allegedly picked a fight that spilled into the tracks.

But according to a criminal complaint charging Beauchamp with attempted assault, Basin jumped on him and "the two then fell on the subway tracks," the complaint said.

Beauchamp allegedly "poked Basin in the chest" Friday night as they rode a Brooklyn-bound L train. He then grabbed Basin by the back of the shirt and dragged him onto the platform once the train arrived at Bedford Avenue, the complaint said.

Witnesses saw the men "exchanging punches" and watched Basin "jump on defendant," sending the men tumbling off the platform and onto the tracks, according to the criminal complaint.

Beauchamp was able to climb back up, but Basin was struck by a Manhattan-bound train as he struggled to get back onto the platform.

The suspect was charged with two counts of attempted misdemeanor assault as well as harassment and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned Wednesday night at Brooklyn Criminal Court, where Judge Michael Hecht set bail at $7,500 bond or $7,000 cash.

Beauchamp, who had yet to make bail Thursday afternoon, is due back in court on April 2.

His lawyer, George Cooke of Brooklyn Defender Services, did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Basin's mother Zena, who buried her son Thursday morning, declined to comment.

Joshua Basin, 20, was killed when he was hit by a train during a fight on the Bedford Avenue L platform March 23, 2012.
Joshua Basin, 20, was killed when he was hit by a train during a fight on the Bedford Avenue L platform March 23, 2012.
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