Man, 25, crushed to death by Lower East Side elevator: NYPD

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LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) -- A 25-year-old man was found dead inside an elevator on the Lower East Side just after midnight Friday.

The final tragedy of 2015 played out minutes before the ball drop in Times Square.

It happened at the Grand Street Guild Apartments at 131 Broome Street. According to the NYPD, that is where the man died as a result of being crushed by an elevator that began to move after getting stuck.

The victim, Stephen Hewett Brown, was impacted after reportedly pushing a woman out of the way.

The New York Police Department said about 12:15 a.m. officers found a man, unconscious and unresponsive, with severe injuries to his body inside the elevator.

Brown, who was visiting friends in he building, lives at an apartment in the Eastchester section of the Bronx. The family did not comment on his tragic death when PIX11 News reached to the building on Friday.

However, back on Broome Street, Daisy Paez and Daisha Imperiale, the current and past tenant association presidents, spoke out in defense of their tenants who according to them have reached out the New York City Department of Buildings regarding the elevators in their building.

"There are records of people being stuck, I was stuck," said Imperiale, who added that the safety of the elevators have been an issue for years.

Thursday night's tragic scene may have been captured on a surveillance camera as there is one located in every elevator.

The elevator in question was shut down with lights on an elevator panel signifying only two others in operation.

Paez, who showed PIX 11 News the elevators, says this was tragedy waiting to happen that it has been on the minds of nearly ever tenant.

"Something bad was going to happen, because the elevators have been a problem for quite sometime."

More on the tragic story and Brown's last words:

Man, 25, Killed on New Year's Eve by an Elevator in NYC

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