Man crushed to death by elevator in New York City building

Samuel Waisbren

Samuel Waisbren

A 30-year-old man was crushed to death by an elevator at a NY high-rise on Thursday, police said.

The 30-year-old man was on an elevator with several other people inside the Manhattan Promenade on Third Avenue in Kips Bay around 8:45 a.m., sources tell PIX11.

Waisbren died at the scene. When Waisbren got off, officials say he fell through a gap, and became lodged between the elevator door and the elevator shaft.

Arpaia claimed Waisbren "was sort of stuck between the first floor and basement" and he said some of the other passengers were left in the auto as it made its descent.

A building employee said that security footage captured the fatal incident. "Like jumping out of a auto if it's still moving", the person said.

One resident of the building, which is called Manhattan Promenade, told WABC-TV on Thursday that riding the elevator was scary and that it reminded her of a Halloween ride.

The outlet reported that the city's Department of Buildings fined the high-rise almost $1,300 in May after inspectors determined a safety feature on one of the building's two elevators had been disabled or tampered with.

A medical examiner was seen arriving at the scene to conduct a preliminary investigation before a post-mortem takes a place.

Robert Kalimian's ATA Enterprises owns the building, which was constructed by his family's company in the late 1990s, records show.

Alex added that one time, he had to pull the elevator's sliding door shut to keep himself inside as "the door won't close all the way".

DOB indicated that it's still investigating the incident from Thursday.

Weisbren had moved to NY from Milwaukee, Wisconsin several years ago, and had complained to his parents about the elevators in the building where a one-bedroom apartment rents for about $3,600 a month.

There are more than 70,000 elevators in New York City, but deadly accidents are rare. "We're determined to find out what went wrong at this building and seek ways to prevent incidents like this in the future".

Built in 1997, the building offers 183 units with a 24-hour doorman, according to StreetEasy, a real estate website which describes it as "brand-new".