By David Matthews, New York Daily News
State inspectors said there was no malfunction after a Boston University professor was crushed to death by an elevator in her apartment building.
Carrie O’Connor, 38, was killed in September while trying to maneuver a large package into the elevator.
According to footage from the building reviewed by the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Inspections, O’Connor was inside the elevator when a maintenance person in the basement called for the elevator to come downstairs.
O’Connor’s package, which was about 7.5-feet tall, hit a switch inside the elevator that made the system indicate the elevator’s gate was closed properly.
The elevator began descending but the box slipped away from O’Connor and off the switch, bringing the elevator to an abrupt stop. O’Connor then lifted the package again and re-hit the switch and sent herself tumbling back as the elevator moved.
However, “she had fallen backwards into the hoistway between the 1st floor and basement floor,” the inspector’s report said.
Her body was discovered pinned between the elevator and the wall of the shaft, the report said.
An autopsy later ruled that O’Connor, a French language lecturer, died from “traumatic asphyxiation.”
State safety inspector Martin Guiod concluded the elevator did not malfunction and the incident was a tragic confluence of events, according to the Boston Globe.