A professor at Boston University was crushed to death by an elevator in her apartment building when he suddenly fell, trapping her between floors.
“What my wife told me she saw the lady’s hands was like hanging on her package,” building resident Eric Carmichael told a local FOX-TV subsidiary about the horror Monday night that killed French speaker Carrie O Connor, 38 years old.
A man who witnessed the incident had to be taken to hospital for injury.
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“I heard someone bring a package into the hallway, and then I heard a wicked scream,”
“Then we ran out into the corridor and saw a gentleman who was obviously in trouble. He screamed and hyperventilated, saying, “She’s dead! She’s dead! ‘ ”
A source told The Sun, “He saw things no one should ever see.”
O’Connor had just moved into the British Community Avenue building a few weeks ago and was boarding the elevator with a box on the first floor around 5:15 p.m. when the elevator went down, residents said.
Scorzoni told CBS that the man who witnessed the incident “helped [O’Connor] with a box in the building, and he was going up the stairs and telling her, “Hey, just be careful,” because you have to pull the door open and then go in and then press the button. “
“If you have something there, it can trigger a sensor,” she said of the elevator, which she described as “old-fashioned.” “[The witness] believes that anything [O’Connor] trying to get in there, hit the sensor and then it started moving. “
The roof of the elevator car was visible from the lobby after the accident, residents said.
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“The car should have left at least halfway,” Scorzoni said.
The autopsy showed that O’Connor died of “traumatic suffocation.”
Her profile on the Boston University website says she has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree from Middlebury College and a doctorate in French studies from Louisiana State University.
The Massachusetts agency responsible for overseeing elevator safety said the elevator had been inspected in the building since 1920 last year, according to local station NBC. It was not clear how old the elevator was.