DA to investigate elevator shaft death

August 20, 2008 10:29:53 AM PDT
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office opened an investigation into the fatal plunge of a five-year-old boy in an elevator shaft in Brooklyn. The office will use its subpoena powers to obtain documents about the safety record and elevator inspections at the building to determine who was responsible.

A number of city agencies could be investigated in the probe, which is in its early stages.

The investigation will be lead by the rackets division of the District Attorney's Office.

The city Housing Authority said in a statement that they, as well as other city agencies, were looking into the death. The building, 70 Clymer Street, is part of the Housing Authority's Taylor-Wythe apartment complex

Jacob Neuman fell 10 stories to his death yesterday inside the building. He fell as he and his eight-year-old brother attempted to escape from a broken elevator, lodged between the 10th and 11th floors.

The elevator was scheduled to be modernized in 2004, but the work was twice deferred because of federal cutbacks. ---

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