38-year-old Boston University lecturer was crushed to death in an elevator in her apartment


The woman who was crushed in her new apartment building in an elevator accident has been identified as a lecturer at Boston University.

Carrie O’Connor, 38, died on Monday evening when the elevator suddenly collapsed between floors in the Allston apartment complex at 1140 Commonwealth Avenue as she tried to load a package just after 5pm.

O’Connor was found dead at the scene. Boston Police Sergeant Detective John Boyle said the cause of his death was painful asphyxiation, and the method was accidental.

Lean Scorzoni, a tenant living in the building, told the Boston Globe that the scene was ‘horrific’.

Scorzoni said he had talked to another tenant who was helping O’Connor in his package just seconds before the elevator fell.

‘I heard it, he saw everything. He was helping her with a box in the publication and he was going up the stairs, and she told him “Hey, just be careful because this is an old-fashioned elevator,” he told the publication.

‘I don’t know what kind of elevator it is, but you have to cross the door and then step inside and then press the button.’

Scorzoni said he was told that there was a sensor in the elevator, and the man who was helping O’Connor believes the package may have triggered the sensor, causing it to start moving .

The woman who was crushed in her new apartment building in an elevator accident has been identified as Boston University lecturer Carrie O’Connor (pictured). She was 38 years old

O'Connor died on Monday evening when the elevator in the Allston apartment complex (pictured) suddenly collapsed between floors as he tried to load his package.  Police said they were called to 1140 Commonwealth Avenue just after 5 p.m.

O’Connor died on Monday evening when the elevator in the Allston apartment complex (pictured) suddenly collapsed between floors as he tried to load his package. Police said they were called to 1140 Commonwealth Avenue just after 5 p.m.

Officers (exciting pictures in the building) said O'Connor was found in the elevator on the first floor.  She was pronounced dead at the scene

Authorities (thrilling pictures in the building) said O’Connor was found in the elevator on the first floor. She was pronounced dead at the scene

Scorzoni said the Boston Globe has a stairway next to the elevator, and the person helping O’Connor was talking to him as he was going up.

‘He said “Oh, I don’t think he’s going to fit in there’. And then he’s like,” Oh, I’ll try to give it more time “and then I hear him screaming, and I hear him screaming. Heard. ’He told the publication.

Scorzoni said the man was screaming and pointing when she exited her first-floor apartment.

‘When I saw the lift, she was not there. Only the roof of the car was on my floor, so all the cables were there, ‘she said.

Scorzoni said she did not know O’Connor, and that Boston University lecturers had only recently moved into the building.

According to O’Connor’s biography on the university’s website, she has ‘taught a wide range of courses in her career, including French language, French for Business, Conventional French, French literature in translation, and French culture through gastronomy.’

She previously taught at Bentley University, Louisiana State University, MIT, Northeastern University and Tufts University.

During this tragic accident, other residents present in the building heard shouts. An unnamed witness told Boston 25 News that he ‘just heard an unknown scream’.

‘We ran into the hallway and saw a gentleman, who was in distress and screaming and saying that he was dead, he was dead.’

Residents of the building were not allowed inside for about 90 minutes as police worked the scene and were told that the elevator was stuck between the first floor and the basement.

The management of the building said that the lift was inspected within the last one year

The management of the building said that the lift was inspected within the last one year

In a statement, a spokesperson for the state's Department of Occupational License said officials at the Office of Public Safety and Inspection determined that the lift was recently inspected and certified according to state regulations.

In a statement, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Occupational License said that officials with the Office of Public Safety and Inspection determined that the lift was recently inspected and certified according to state regulations.

Eric Carmichael told CBS that his wife was on the first floor when the accident occurred.

She said that she tells him that it all happened so fast and there was nothing to help her.

‘The woman was trying to put her package in the elevator, like how we do it. Take it from the lobby, ‘Carmichael told the station.

‘I think the package and the woman were probably over the limits of what the lift could handle, so what my wife said was that the woman’s hand was hanging on her package.’

Carmichael described the accident as terrible because it could have happened to any of the residents at any time when the elevator had a malfunction.

He said, “The old old lift should probably be better kept.”

Residents of the building were not allowed inside for about 90 minutes as police worked on the scene and were told that the elevator was stuck between the first floor and the basement (bottom left)

Residents of the building were not allowed inside for about 90 minutes as police worked on the scene and were told that the elevator was stuck between the first floor and the basement (bottom left)

The lift got stuck between the first floor and the basement, which is in the washer and dryer building

The lift got stuck between the first floor and the basement, which is in the washer and dryer building

According to tax records, the building (picture) dates back to 1920, but it is unclear when the lift was installed.  Police said an autopsy would be conducted to determine how the victim died

According to tax records, the building (picture) dates back to 1920, but it is unclear when the lift was installed. Police said an autopsy would be conducted to determine how the victim died

Another resident told CBS that the lift is an old system.

Nevada Foskit said, “It’s a two-slide door system and it never runs until the door is completely closed.” ‘If something happened, it was clearly to be defective.’

The management of the building said that the lift was inspected within the previous year.

According to WCVB, Boston’s Department of Inspection Services said the lift is overseen by the state.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Occupational License said officials at the Office of Public Safety and Inspection determined that the lift was recently inspected and certified according to state regulations.

“The department expresses its deepest sympathy to the loved ones of the victim during this difficult time,” the statement said.

Police and officers of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are still investigating.

According to tax records, the building dates back to 1920, but it is unclear when the lift was installed.

Police said an autopsy would be conducted to determine how the victim died.

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