A man was killed after he was pinned by an elevator in a Manhattan apartment building this morning.
An NYPD spokesperson said the incident happened just before 8:30 a.m. today at 344 Third Avenue, near East 26th Street, in Kips Bay. The 30-year-old victim, whose name has not been officially released, became pinned by an elevator between the first floor and basement of the 23-story building, which is called Manhattan Promenade.
An FDNY spokesperson added that the man was "caught between the car and the shaft." The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A law enforcement source told the NY Post the victim was exiting the elevator when it fell from the first floor toward the basement. They add that three other people were in the elevator at the time as well (the Daily News source says there were two other people in the elevator).
Inspectors with the Buildings Department are investigating the death.
Earlier this year, a man fell down an empty elevator shaft in a SoHo building and survived. Back in 2011, ad executive Suzanne Hart was stepping into an elevator when it suddenly shot upward, pinning her between the elevator and the wall. She was pronounced dead at the scene. That fatality prompted several lawsuits, and it later emerged that elevator workers "ignored basic procedures," leading to several firings.
According to a recent article in the NY Times, a NYC regulation that requires the installation of door-lock monitors on elevators by the end of the year "is starting to cause bottlenecks in work at elevator consultancy and maintenance companies."