Daughter critical after saving mother who was thrown in front of MARTA train, father says

ATLANTA — The husband of the woman who MARTA police say was pushed in front of an oncoming train told Channel 2 Action News, had it not been for his daughter's quick thinking, his wife would be dead.

The man said his wife and five daughters were in Atlanta for a girls' weekend, when a man pushed his wife in front of the train as they were headed back to their hotel.

"Had Katie not jumped onto the tracks, Sue would not be here," Jerry Wenszell, the victim's husband, told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez.

We're working to learn about the woman's condition for updates on Channel 2 Action News at Noon. 

The couple's 28-year-old daughter was critically injured trying to save her mother’s life after they say the man pushed her for no apparent reason.

Police arrested Christopher Patrick Brooklin, 28, in connection with the incident. Tuesday, MARTA police said Brooklin appeared to have "some diminished mental capacity."

Wenszell is calling his daughter a hero for jumping into action to keep her mother from getting run over.


Sue Wenszell suffered a concussion, fractured elbow and a hairline fracture while Katie Wenszell suffered a brain injury had part of her right foot amputated, left shoulder torn off and is undergoing facial reconstruction surgery.

"I literally pray this guy’s soul is literally saved," Jerry Wenszell said.

Wenszell says it's his faith that allows him to stay strong during this time but makes it clear he wants the suspect to pay for what happened.

"The only thing I want is to have him off the streets so that somebody else doesn’t end up becoming a victim," he said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for medical expenses.