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According to Scorzoni, another accident witness had helped the woman with the box into the building and told O’Connor to pull the elevator door across, step in and then press the button. Failing to do so can “trigger a sensor” in the “old-fashioned elevator.”
The witness believes that the box might have hit the sensor, triggering the elevator to move.
The roof of the elevator was reportedly visible from the lobby, according to other witnesses.
“The car had to have gone at least halfway down,” said Scorzoni.
The New York Post reported O’Connor died of traumatic asphyxiation.
Boston University’s profile of O’Connor stated she graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS degree, from Middle College with an MA degree and also a PhD degree in French studies at Louisiana State University.
The agency responsible for looking after elevator safety noted it passed inspection at the 1920 building last year. It’s unknown how old the elevator is, the Post reported.