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MTA workers ignored New York subway beating that left man with concussion, lawsuit says

A Brooklyn resident alleges that a frustrated stranger knocked out his front teeth during an accidental beating on the platform of an F train in the Village, and, according to the lawsuit, public transit workers did not intervene.

Bret Marer, 29, was minding his own business on a northbound train as he pulled into the West 14th Street/6th Avenue station when he noticed a stranger “staring at him” and “whispering,” according to court documents.

As the train doors opened, the man started to walk away, but suddenly turned around and punched Marer in the face as he stood inside the train.

“It all happened in a millisecond. He just hit me so hard,” Marer said. “He’s a jerk hit me. No warnings.”

The altercation spilled over onto the platform as the man continued to beat Marer, as he alleged in a Manhattan Supreme Court negligence lawsuit against the Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

“I got dizzy, I remember looking to the side and [straphanger] pulled out her camera phone and I yelled, “Is anyone going to help me?” he said. “No one helped me.”

The train stood at the station with its doors open until the Saturday night beating, which took place around 8:15 p.m., came to a halt and the stranger fled, claims Marer, who said he did not see any transport workers during the assault.

He remained “dazed and disoriented on the platform … covered in blood” until two Good Samaritans helped him up the street and called the police. He was treated for a concussion, had stitches in his lip at Lenox Health Greenwich Village Hospital, and later learned he had broken teeth, Marer said in court documents.

There were no cameras on the platform where he was attacked, “although there were cameras on other platforms and throughout the 14th Street station,” Marer said in a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages.

According to police, no arrests were made in connection with the attack.

“I feel like the MTAs need to be a little more responsible,” Marer said.

“With his lawsuit, Bret is trying to get the MTA and NYC Transit to take some responsibility for people’s safety,” said his attorney, Kenneth F. McCallion.

The MTA declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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