Subway surfing didn’t seem like much of a concern when Brooklyn teenager Jevon Fraser was doing it on a video game, his mother said.
But after Jevon, 14, died after falling from the top of a No. 7 train in Queens while subway surfing for real, his mother regrets not paying attention to the warning signs.
“You can download it on your phone. You can download it on your iPad. He used to play it all the time.,” said Jevon’s mother, a Crown Heights resident who didn’t want to be identified. “You would never think an innocent game would have done that.”
Cops said the teen suffered serious head trauma after toppling from the moving subway car near Queens Blvd. and 33rd St. in Sunnyside around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, cops said.
Jevon and a group of four or five others jumped the turnstile at the elevated 33rd St.-Rawson St. station where they boarded a Manhattan-bound 7 train, according to a police source.
The youth was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital where he died two hours later., according to the NYPD.
His mother said she got a call from detectives, but they didn’t discuss what happened until she got to the hospital.
“When I got there I was greeted by the doctors and everyone,” she said. “I held his hand. I touched his feet. Everything is intact. I touched his leg. The only thing I didn’t do was touch his face because it was swollen very badly.”
She said she and Jevon went to Coney Island the day before.
“He ordered the Nathan’s french fries with all the meat in, and he had an Oreo milkshake,” she said. “And then we came home. I went to work and then when I came home, that was it. It’s going to leave a very big void. It’s still a shock.”
She said Jevon was a fun child who was in the NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers Program at the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush, and dreamed of being a computer engineer.
“He loved being on the computer,” she said. “He loved solving stuff and he was good at it.”
Jevon’s death came as authorities have been struggling to discourage youths from subway surfing, a sometimes deadly practice fueled by social media.
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Last week, a teenage subway surfer died and another was seriously injured when they fell from an L train near the Bushwick-Aberdeen station in Brooklyn, according to police.
Jevon’s mother said she confronted him about a photo he posted on Facebook of him sitting on a train car in a station that is out of service.
“I’ve seen it before and I told him to take it down,” she said.
His uncle gave him the same message.
“I’ve actually told him about that. I told him to stop doing that,” the uncle said. “He was following people.
“This is no game. You don’t get no restart,” said Jevon’s uncle. “He knew what he was doing. I did not condone that and he knew that.
“But still, a kid’s going to do what they want to do. You’re not with them 24/7. The best I can do is give him the right advice, what’s right from wrong, and he chooses from there. He knew better.”