Boston University professor died in lift accident

A professor at Boston University is crushed to death by a lift in his apartment building when he is suddenly trapped between floors.

“My wife said she saw the woman’s hands hanging on her package,” building resident Eric Carmichael told 38-year-old lecturer Carrie O’Connor, a terrified local Fox-TV aide Monday evening Has gone.

One of the witnesses of the accident had to be taken to the hospital for a trauma.

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“I heard someone who was bringing in a package in the hallway, and then I heard an unknown scream,” resident LeAnn Scorzoni told an ABC-TV affiliate.

“Then we ran into the hallway, and we saw a gentleman who was clearly in trouble. He was shouting, ‘She is dead! She is dead! ‘ ”

“He saw things that no one should see,” a source told The Sun.

O’Connor had stepped into the building on Commonwealth Avenue a few weeks earlier and was getting up at 5:15 in the elevator with a box on the first floor on the underside of the elevator, when the elevator jerked down.

Scorzoni told CBS that the witness of the accident was a “facilitator” [O’Connor] With a box in the building, and he was going up the stairs, and he said to her, ‘Hey just be careful,’ because … you have to cross the door and then step inside and press the button again. ‘

“If you have something in there, it can trigger the sensor,” he said of the lift, which he described as “old-fashioned”. “[The witness] Believe whatever [O’Connor] There he was trying to enter the sensor, and then he started moving. ”

The roof of the lift car was visible from the lobby after the incident, residents said.

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“The car had to go at least halfway down,” Scorzoni said.

An autopsy revealed that O’Connor died of “painful asphyxia”.

Her profile on the Boston University web site states that she earned a BS degree from Virginia Tech, an MA degree from Middlebury College, and a PhD in French Studies at Louisiana State University.

The Massachusetts agency responsible for the elevator safety said the elevator underwent inspection at the 1920 building last year, according to the local NBC station. It was not clear how old the lift is.