A man was crushed to death in a luxury apartment building at 156 Hope Street near Union Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn early Friday morning. 37 year old Eran Modan of Queens, was found unconscious with head and upper body trauma right before dawn and pronounced dead at the scene.
“As it went up, he tried to jump out and was caught in between two floors,” said one of the friends who watched him die, tearfully. “His body was squashed.”
The elevator is the only one in the building, which tenants say is unreliable from jerks and shaking to stalling and opening between floors. According to the New York Times, the door stayed open but the elevator plummeted to the basement, carrying Modan and four friends. The witnesses state they were all nervous, but Modan tried to leave the elevator cab when it shot back up toward the lobby while Modan was halfway out, crushing him between the elevator shaft and the basement ceiling.
Officials are saying the seven year old building has no outstanding construction projects and no work going on with the elevator. They are calling it a freak accident but reports indicate four elevator violations since 2013.
An investigation is ongoing and Friday afternoon a city official stated inspectors had determined that “the device brake was unable to hold the capacity load,” causing the cab to fall.
The Perecman Firm would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Eran Modan who lost his life in such a horrible manner. Our thoughts are with you.