Rosa Mankos, lawyer crushed by subway train, ‘had a helping personality’

March 15th, 2010 by – A woman crushed by a subway train on the upper East Side was a lawyer and former state employee who lived with her three cats.

Rosa Mankos, 48, was a graduate of New York University Law School and passed the bar in 2001. She worked until two years ago as a court analyst for the state court system’s Division of Continuing Legal Education.

“She had a helping personality,” said former colleague Elise Geltzer. “She was a lovely person, a superb employee and a good friend to her co-workers.”

Mankos was standing on the uptown platform at the 77th St. station of the Lexington Ave. line when she dropped her LeSportsac bag onto the tracks about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses said she hopped down to get the bag.

Mankos, who lived in Stuyvesant Town, tried to press herself against the platform wall so the train would pass by her, but she was pinned between the first car and the wall. She died instantly.

“We’re all upset about it,” Geltzer said. “We’re going to miss her.”

Mankos’ father was searching for answers at his home in North Bergen, N.J.

“It takes a lot of strength to deal with this, and that’s something I don’t have right now,” Robert Mankos, 82, said.

He couldn’t say why his daughter would try to retrieve the bag under such dangerous circumstances. “I’m in shock,” he said.

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