A Boston University professor was squashed fatally by an elevator in her apartment building when it unexpectedly dropped, trapping her between floorings.
“What my wife said she saw was the lady’s arms like hanging onto her package,” building resident Eric Carmichael told the local FOX-TV affiliate of the Monday evening horror that killed French lecturer Carrie O’Connor, 38.
A guy who witnessed the mishap had to be taken to the medical facility for tramua.
“I heard someone that was bringing in a package out in the hallway, and then I heard an ungodly scream,” resident Leanne Scorzoni told the ABC-TV affiliate.
“Then we ran out into the hallway, and we saw a gentleman who was obviously in distress. He was screaming and hyperventilating, saying, ‘She’s dead! She’s dead!’ “
A source told the Sun, “He saw things that no one must ever see.”
O’Connor had just moved into the building on Commonwealth Avenue a couple of weeks earlier and was getting onto the elevator with a box on the first floor around 5:15 p.m. when the elevator jolted downward, homeowners stated.
Scorzoni told CBS that the man who experienced the mishap “was assisting [O’Connor] with a box into the complex, and he was going up the stairs, and he had told her,’ Hey, just be careful,’ because … you have to pull the door across and then step in and then press the button.
“If you have something in there, it can trigger a sensor,” she said of the elevator, which she described as “old-fashioned.” “[The witness] believes that whatever [O’Connor] was trying to get in there hit the sensor, and then it started moving.”
The elevator roof was noticeable from the lobby after the incident, homeowners said.
“The car had to have gone at least halfway down,” Scorzoni said.
An autopsy revealed that O’Connor passed away of “traumatic asphyxiation.”
Her profile on Boston University’s site states she graduated with a BS degree from Virginia Tech, an MA degree from Middlebury College and a PhD in French research studies at Louisiana State University.
The Massachusetts agency responsible for managing elevator security said the elevator passed inspection at the 1920 structure last year, according to the regional NBC station. It was not clear how old the device is.