Homicide

Decades after NYC subway motorman's notorious crash, he is victim of hit and run

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1991, file photo, firemen look at the twisted remains of a downtown Lexington Avenue 4 subway train after its derailment at Union Square in New York. Far removed from an era when New Yorkers knew him as the drunken motorman in a nightmarish subway crash, Robert Ray once again found himself in a miserable situation. This time, Ray was the victim, mowed down by a hit-and-run driver as he tried to cross a busy thoroughfare in the Bronx on May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1991, file photo, firemen look at the twisted remains of a downtown Lexington Avenue 4 subway train after its derailment at Union Square in New York. Far removed from an era when New Yorkers knew him as the drunken motorman in a nightmarish subway crash, Robert Ray once again found himself in a miserable situation. This time, Ray was the victim, mowed down by a hit-and-run driver as he tried to cross a busy thoroughfare in the Bronx on May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

A motorman who gained notoriety in a horrific subway wreck in 1991 in New York City is back in the news.

Robert Ray was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver last week while crossing a busy Bronx thoroughfare. Witnesses said he appeared intoxicated.

The mishap revived memories of when Ray was the operator of a subway train that derailed at a high speed as it neared a Manhattan station, killing five people and injuring more than 200 others.

Authorities said Ray was drunk at the time. He was convicted of manslaughter and served 10 years in prison.

The driver accused of injuring the 62-year-old Ray in the hit-and-run surrendered the next day. Ray remains hospitalized and couldn't be reached for comment.