The man in Manhattan who was tragically crushed by a defective elevator died of blunt injuries to his neck and trunk, ruled the City Medical Examiner officer on Friday.
Sam Waisbren, 30, who died trying to leave the elevator and enter the lobby of the Manhattan Promenade tower when it suddenly fell, trapping him between the wall and the elevator shaft on Thursday morning, also suffered & # 39; mechanical suffocation & # 39 ;.
The frightening incident occurred Thursday at 8:15 PM in the luxury apartment building on East 25th Street and Third Avenue.
On Friday, investigating city department officials said they were investigating the deaths of tech executives, but would not go into the focus of their investigation.
According to the department's website, the DOI is responsible for investigating and referring cases of criminal prosecution of fraud, corruption and other illegal activities by city employees, contractors and others who do business with the city & # 39; .
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Samuel Waisbren, 30, died trying to leave the elevator in the lobby of his Manhattan apartment building when it suddenly fell and caught him between the wall and the elevator shaft
Samuel was originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and had lived in New York City for five years
Other residents of Manhattan Promenade (photo) also complained about the elevators. Manhattan Promenade was fined nearly $ 1,300 in May after inspectors discovered that a & # 39; safety feature on one of the elevators had been tampered or disabled & # 39;
Images of the horrible moment that was obtained by the New York Post, shows a man who barely escapes from the elevator for Samuel.
Five other residents were still in the elevator when it was hurled down and Samuel dragged along.
The residents in the elevator were not injured, but they had to wait to be rescued by firefighters.
Shortly after Samuel's death, a resident called New York City information number 311 to file a complaint with the Department of Buildings (DOB).
& # 39; A resident was killed in the elevator. Every week someone gets stuck in the elevator & # 39 ;, is the complaint. & # 39; The customer says the elevator is shaking very badly. & # 39;
DOB inspectors were on site to watch the lift on Friday. They will try to determine if the incident & # 39; one-time & # 39; was whether action needed to be taken to inspect elevators throughout the city.
The elevator that killed Waisbren was installed in 1997 and has no history of security breaches.
Shortly after Samuel's death, a resident called New York City information number 311 to file a complaint with the Department of Buildings (DOB). & # 39; A resident was killed in the elevator. Every week someone gets stuck in the elevator & # 39 ;, is the complaint. & # 39; Customer declares that the elevator is shaking very badly & # 39;
But residents of Manhattan Promenade have long been complaining about the elevators, according to ABC7 reporter CeFaan Kim.
On his Twitter account, Kim quoted a resident who said that there were & # 39; constant issues with the lifts & # 39; goods.
& # 39; Super scary. They always jump between floors. It's just like Halloween horror evenings that jump up and down, & said the resident reportedly.
Other residents are now climbing the stairs because they were too traumatized by the death of Samuel.
Some residents said they had to climb 16 stairs after the accident.
& # 39; My husband and I ran 16 flights, but we've done it before & # 39 ;, a resident told WCBS 880.
Another resident named Sonya, said tenants complain about the elevators that often stopped between floors, wiggles and doors that didn't close completely.
& # 39; They are both confused. They got confused, & Sonya told the station.
& # 39; I have lived here for two years and have been confused for years and I know people have complained and then they have been shut down for a while and nothing really changes. & # 39;
Earlier on Friday, Samuel's father told Dr. Charles Waisbren Good morning America that his son had previously complained about the elevator service.
& # 39; One of the lifts was always out of service and was frustrated by it. I know it frustrated the other tenants and we thought it was ridiculous, "his father said.
Dr. Charles Waisbren (photo), Samuel's father, said his son had complained about the elevator service and it was & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; that it was not resolved
Samuel (second from the right) was crushed to death on Thursday morning when the elevator he left suddenly fell and crashed to the basement of the building
Firefighters saw the elevator shaft after the incident on 344 Third Avenue
According to his father, Samuel had moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to New York five years ago.
& # 39; We sent him there to find fame and fortune, whatever he did, & # 39; said Waisbren, adding that his son & # 39; loved New York & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He did well, he lived in a chic New York building. The elevator had many, many years of problems. It is clearly a terrible tragedy, & he told GMA.
& # 39; He can't become a father, start a family, and live the life we all hoped for, & # 39; he added.
His father told me too The New York Daily News late Thursday evening: “My feeling about New York is that you pay a billion dollars for rent, the least they can do is offer safety,” said Charles Waisbren.
& # 39; Sam was an absolutely wonderful young man. He had his whole life in front of him, & his father added.
It is unclear how long he has lived on Manhattan Promenade – the luxury residential building where one-bedroom apartments rent for $ 3,600 a month.
The Manhattan Promenade in the Gramercy area was fined nearly $ 1,300 in May after inspectors discovered that one & # 39; safety feature on the other elevator in the building was tampered or disabled & # 39 ;.
The safety feature, known as a door zone limiter, prevents a lift door from opening more than a few centimeters when a lift between floors & # 39 ;.
According to city registrations this was not established The New York Times.
The building has two elevators for tenants, and management was instructed to stop using elevators that had security issues until it was resolved, the publication reports.
Manhattan Promenade was fined $ 1,500 on Thursday for not resolving the issue. That fine had nothing to do with the accident that Samuel killed.
Samuel (left) is pictured with members of his family. His ruined father, Charles, is seen on the far right
A building inspector told the newspaper that Samuel was not on the elevator that had been the subject of the fine, but on a second elevator.
The chic apartment complex is said to have had & # 39; 17 previous building violations, none for elevator issues & # 39 ;.
Sources told the Post on Friday that the city department of investigation is investigating the elevator accident.
After the horrific accident, FDNY deputy chief Anthony Arpaia revealed the horrific details of the incident.
Samuel left the elevator at the lobby level when the car fell to the basement, causing him to get stuck between the elevator car and the shaft wall on the first floor.
Arpaia said that Samuel & # 39; was a bit stuck between the first floor and the basement & # 39; and he said that some of the other passengers were left in the car when it descended.
Samuel was declared dead on the spot by the city's medical investigator, an FDNY spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
The Manhattan Promenade is described as a & # 39; 23-story luxury apartment complex & # 39; in the Gramercy area. It was built in 1997 and contains 188 residential and commercial units
The official cause of death has not been revealed, but it is understood that the elevator reportedly left the man between the elevator car and a wall in the elevator shaft
A construction worker told the Times that Samuel was trying to raise his hand to prevent the door from closing when the elevator went down.
& # 39; As if you are jumping out of a car while it is still moving, & # 39; said the employee.
Samuel's death will be investigated by the police and the ministry of buildings that were on site to determine the cause.
A Department of Buildings spokesperson told DailyMail.com: & # 39; DOB aggressively investigates this incident and will take all appropriate enforcement actions.
& # 39; Elevators are the safest form of travel in New York due to the city's strict inspection and safety requirements.
& # 39; We are determined to find out what went wrong in this building and to find ways to prevent such incidents in the future. & # 39;
The Manhattan Promenade is described as a & # 39; 23-story luxury apartment complex & # 39; in the Gramercy area.
It was built in 1997 and contains 188 residential and commercial units, according to a description on it StreetEasy.
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