NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – A 25-year-old man wished “Happy New Year” to a woman just before he saved her life by shoving her from a faulty elevator that suddenly took a plunge — but the brave act cost him his own life, witnesses said.
Stephen Hewett-Brown, 25, was in the crowded elevator at 131 Broome St. on Manhattan’s Lower East Side when Erudi Sanchez, 43, who lives in the building, stepped inside around 11:45 p.m. with her 10-year-old nephew to throw out trash.
“When I got into the elevator, I felt it dropping and I thought my feet would get caught in the gap but the man pushed me out and said, ‘Happy New Year,’” Sanchez told The Post on Friday in Spanish.
But suddenly, the malfunctioning elevator dropped farther and Brown’s body was caught between it and the third floor, Sanchez said.
“I saw he was trapped and the elevator was crushing him. It was awful,” she said.