A Boston University professor was knocked to death by an elevator in her apartment building when it suddenly fell and caught her between floors.
“What my wife said she saw was the lady’s arms as if they were hanging on her package,” said Eric Carmichael, a resident of the building, of the local FOX TV affiliate of the Monday night horror that the French lecturer Carrie O’Connor (38) was killed.
A man who witnessed the accident had to be taken to hospital because of trauma.
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“I heard someone bring a package into the hallway and then I heard an ungodly scream,”
“Then we ran into the hallway and saw a gentleman who was obviously in need. He screamed and hyperventilated and said, “She is dead! She is dead!’ ”
A source told The Sun, “He’s seen things no one should ever see.”
O’Connor had just moved into the building on Commonwealth Avenue a few weeks ago and was getting on the elevator with a box on the first floor at around 5:15 p.m. when the elevator jerked down.
Scorzoni told CBS that the man who witnessed the accident “helped [O’Connor] with a box in the building and he was going up the stairs and he had told her, “Hey, just be careful” because … you have to pull the door over and then come in and then press the button. “
“If you have something in there it can trigger a sensor,” she said of the elevator, which she called “old-fashioned”. “[The witness] believe whatever [O’Connor] I tried 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 incident, residents said.
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“The car had to have driven at least halfway,” said Scorzoni.
An autopsy revealed that O’Connor died of “traumatic asphyxiation”.
Her profile on the Boston University website states that she earned a BS degree from Virginia Tech, an MA degree from Middlebury College, and a PhD in French from Louisiana State University.
The Massachusetts agency responsible for overseeing elevator safety said the elevator passed the 1920 building inspection last year, according to the local NBC station. It wasn’t clear how old the elevator is.