Man killed by Brooklyn apartment elevator after trying to retrieve cell phone: Officials

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Elevator accident turns deadly at NYC apartment building
Authorities say a 64-year-old man was pinned and killed by an elevator at a 6-story apartment building on Parkside Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- An investigation is underway following a deadly elevator accident in Brooklyn Friday.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:15 p.m. at a 6-story apartment building on Parkside Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

They say a 64-year-old man was pinned by the elevator and was killed.

According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the Department of Building, the victim, an assistant superintendent of the building, and a tenant entered the elevator machine room in the basement to retrieve a cell phone that had dropped into the elevator pit.

Officials say while the two were in the elevator machine room, the elevator was called to a different floor and the assistant superintendent was caught in the moving hoist ropes and elevator sheave.

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The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The tenant was also injured in the incident.

The DOB continues to investigate.

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