A worker at a Washington Heights store was killed after being pinned between the store's elevator and the first floor. A friend said, "It’s just shocking. He worked here seven days a week."

The 43-year-old male victim, who was not identified by police, had apparently been loading store merchandise into the elevator at 552 West 182nd Street, La Reguera Dominican before 5:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon, when, authorities say, the elevator "started to ascend and pinned him to the ceiling." EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Department of Buildings has no record of an elevator, according to the Daily News, which also reports, "Jose Cabral, the owner of a juice bar next door, said the elevator was installed a year ago when an auto repair shop was transformed into the discount store. The lift had no doors, but Cabral said he never heard any complaints from the employees."

Cabral said of the victim, "He would never sit down at work. He was always moving around, moving boxes around."