Winona Herald Rebublican Herald Winona Minnesota
May 9, 1947
A New York university coed was thrown in front of an approaching subway train today by a man but onlookers rescued her while other witnesses beat her attackers, police reported.
The girl was identified as Bertha Patnky, 21, Brooklyn, a senior at the University.
Police say she was standing on station platform talking with another student when a man seized her and hurled her head to the tracks.
Two men working on the road bed saw her fall and as one race toward the oncoming train waving a flag, the second man picked up Miss Pataky and carried her beneath the plat form ledge to safety. The train halted fifteen feet from the spot where she fell. Police said other witnesses meanwhile, were beating up the man, knocking off his glasses and blackening his eyes. He was taken to the Elizabeth street station for questioning. Miss Pataky was taken to Beckman street suffering from head injuries.