Monday, November 9, 2009
Building violations death toll rises
Man dies after plummeting down freight elevator shaft in Williamsburg loft
BY Elizabeth Hays
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
A 34-year-old man plummeted five stories to his death early Sunday after he tried to jump out of a stalled freight elevator in a Williamsburg loft.
Police said the man, who has not been identified pending notification of his family, fell after his clothing got caught on something as he jumped about 12:45 a.m.
The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m.
The Dept. of Buildings is investigating the incident. It is not yet clear if the victim lived in the building, a converted factory that includes residential lofts, or was visiting.
At least one swanky benefit party was going on inside the building at the time of the accident, according to reports.
The building has more than 40 open violations, including an unspecified elevator violation from April.
The ironic news is that it's elevator safety awareness week!