The woman who was crushed to death in her new apartment building in an elevator accident has been identified as a lecturer at Boston University.
Carrie O’Connor, 38, died Monday night when the elevator in the Allston apartment complex at 1140 Commonwealth Ave suddenly fell between the floors as she tried to load a package just after noon.
O’Connor was found dead at the scene. Boston Sergeant Detective John Boyle said her cause of death was traumatic suffocation, and that way was random.
A tenant living in the building, Leanne Scorzoni, told the Boston Globe that the scene was ‘scary’.
Scorzoni said she had spoken to another tenant who had helped O̵
‘I heard it, he saw everything. He helped her with a box into the building and he went up the stairs and he told her “hey, just be careful because it’s an old fashioned elevator,” she told the publication.
‘I do not know what type of elevator it is, but you have to pull the door over and then step in and then press the button.’
Scorzoni added that she was told the elevator had a sensor, and the man who helped O’Connor believes the package may have triggered the sensor, causing it to start moving.
The woman who was crushed to death in her new apartment building in an elevator accident has been identified as an associate professor at Boston University, Carrie O’Connor (pictured). She was 38 years old
O’Connor died Monday night when the elevator in the Allston apartment complex (pictured) suddenly fell between the floors as she tried to load her package. Police said they were called to 1140 Commonwealth Avenue just after noon
Authorities (the picture intriguing in the building) said O’Connor was found in the elevator on the first floor. She was pronounced dead at the scene
Scorzoni told the Boston Globe that there is a staircase next to the elevator, and the man who helped O’Connor spoke to her as he was about to get up.
‘He just said’ oh, I do not think it’s going to fit in there. ‘And then she’s like,’ oh, I’ll try it again. “And then I heard her scream, and I heard him scream,” she told the publication.
Scorzoni added that the man screamed and pointed as she came out of her apartment on the first floor.
“When I looked at the elevator, it was not there. Only the ceiling of the car was on my floor, so all the cables were there, ‘she said.
Scorzoni said she did not know O’Connor and the associate professor at Boston University 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 throughout her career, including French language, French for business, conversational 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.
Other residents of the building reported that they heard screams at the time of the tragic accident. An unidentified witness told the Boston 25 News that she ‘only heard a wicked scream’.
‘We ran into the hallway and saw a gentleman in distress screaming and hyperventilating and saying she was dead, she’s dead’.
Residents of the building were not given access within about 90 minutes as police worked on the scene and were told the elevator was stuck between the first floor and the basement.
The management of the building said the elevator was inspected within the last year
In a statement, a spokesman for the State Division of Professional Licensure officials from the Office of Public Safety and Inspections said the elevator was recently inspected and certified in accordance with state regulations.
Eric Carmichael told CBS that his wife was on the first floor when the accident occurred.
He said she told him it all happened so fast and that there was nothing she could do to help.
‘The lady tried to put her package in the elevator, that’s how we do it. Take it from the lobby, ”Carmichael told the station.
‘I suppose maybe the package and the woman were over the limit of what the elevator could handle, so what my wife said she saw was the lady’s arms like hanging on to her package.’
Carmichael called the accident scary because it could have been any of the residents inside as the elevator was not working.
‘Terrible old elevator that probably should have been held up better,’ he added.
Residents of the building were not given access within 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 elevator is stuck between the first floor and the basement, where washers and dryers are in the building
The building itself (pictured) dates back to 1920 according to tax records, but it is unclear when the elevator was installed. Police said an autopsy will be performed to determine how the victim died
Another resident told CBS that the elevator is an old system.
‘It’s a system with two sliding doors, and unless the door is completely closed, it never moves,’ said Nevada Foskit. ‘If anything happened, it obviously had to be defective.’
The management of the building said the elevator was inspected within the last year.
According to the WCVB, Boston’s Inspectional Service Department said the state is monitoring the elevator.
In a statement, a spokesman for the State Division of Professional Licensure said officials from the Office of Public Safety and Inspections determined that the elevator was recently inspected and certified in accordance with state regulations.
‘The department extends its deepest sympathies with the victims’ loved ones during this difficult time,’ the statement said.
Police and officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are still investigating.
The building itself dates back to 1920, according to tax records, but it is unclear when the elevator was installed.
Police said an autopsy will be conducted to determine how the victim died.