Man crushed to death by elevator at luxury rental building in NYC

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Man Crushed To Death By Elevator At Luxury Rental Building In NYC


WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (PIX11) – A man died early Friday morning in an elevator accident at a luxury apartment complex in Brooklyn.

Eran Modan, 37, was crushed to death between the floor and the bottom of the elevator, according to police.

Officers found Modan with "trauma to the head and torso" at the Espoir building at 156 Hope Street just after 4:15 a.m.

"They told me that the elevator moved with the doors open, that's what they told me," P&W Elevator supervisor George Herlang said.

The Brooklyn company is in charge of maintaining the elevator.

"From what I heard, like 15 people were in the elevator," Herlang said. "If they overloaded it, something could have happened, there is a sign in there that tells you the capacity." The elevator's posted weight limit is 2,100 pounds, according to the Department of Buildings.

Witnesses told the New York Daily News a different story, however, "The elevator just dropped and then shoots up," said Modan's friend, Mona Zarrin Ramsdell. "He got scared and tried to jump out when it dropped, his head was out and his body was in."

The elevator has been the subject of four violations, all of which have been resolved.

One complaint reads, "Elevator door opens half-way and shakes up and down sometimes when stopping on floor."

According to another, "Elevator will only go up and only opens half way. It also wobbles and jerks up and down. Unsafe to get in."

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