The Boston University teacher was moving the bed frame and mattress when the elevator crushed her to death
A Boston University teacher had just moved into her apartment and was moving a bed frame and mattress when the building’s elevator crushed her to death.
Carrie O’Connor, 38, took her belongings to her apartment in the 1920s building on Monday night when the accident happened.
Authorities said she became trapped in the first floor doorway and elevator, according to a police report obtained by the Boston Globe.
O’Connor was pronounced dead on the spot and her body was recovered by Boston firefighters.
In the report, police wrote that O’Connor’s “mattress and frame were also removed from the scene and kept in the garage.”
The items are currently being held “as evidence,” police added.
Boston University lecturer Carrie O’Connor (left and right), 38, had just moved into her apartment and moved a bed frame and mattress when the building’s elevator crushed her to death, police said
Tenant, Leanne Scorzoni (pictured), said she spoke to a man who helped O’Connor just before she was murdered in the building at 1140 Commonwealth Ave in Allston. Scorzoni said the man told her to “be careful” while using the elevator
O’Connor died on Monday evening when the elevator in the Allston apartment complex (pictured) suddenly fell between floors while trying to load her package
After the accident, tenant Leanne Scorzoni told the Boston Globethat she spoke to a man who helped O’Connor just before she was murdered in the building at 1140 Commonwealth Ave in Allston.
Although the elevator usually operates via a two-door system that requires the second door to be firmly closed before being moved, the weight is believed to have accidentally triggered a sensor.
“I heard it, he saw everything,” said tenant Leanne Scorzoni. “He helped her into the building with a box and he went up the stairs, and he said to her,” Hey, be careful, it’s an old-fashioned elevator. ”
Scorzoni described the scene as ‘gruesome’.
“I don’t know what kind of elevator it is, but you have to pull the door forward and then step in and then push the button,” she said.
Scorzoni added that she was told the elevator had a sensor, and the man who helped O’Connor believes the package triggered the sensor, setting it in motion.
She told the Boston Globe that there are stairs next to the elevator and that the man who helped O’Connor spoke to her as he went upstairs.
“It’s a system with two sliding doors and unless that door is completely closed, it never moves,” said Nevada tenant Foskit (pictured). ‘If something has happened, it must be clearly faulty’
Authorities (pictured exiting the building) said O’Connor was found in the first floor elevator. She was pronounced dead on the spot
“He just said” oh, I don’t think that fits there. ” And then she says, “oh, I’ll try again”. And then I heard her scream, and I heard him scream, ‘she told the publication.
Scorzoni added that the man screamed and pointed as she emerged from her first-floor apartment.
When I looked at the elevator, it wasn’t there. Only the ceiling of the car was on my floor, so all the wires were there, ”she said.
Scorzoni said she didn’t know O’Connor, and the French teacher had only recently moved into the building.
Other residents of the building reported hearing screams at the time of the tragic accident. An unidentified witness reported it Boston 25 News that she “heard only a wicked cry.”
‘We ran down the hall and saw a gentleman in need, screaming and hyperventilating and saying she’s dead, she’s dead’.
The residents of the building were not allowed in for about 90 minutes because the police worked on site and were told that the elevator was stuck between the first floor and the basement.
Eric Carmichael told CBS that his wife was on the first floor when the accident happened.
Other residents of the building (pictured) reported hearing screams at the time of the tragic accident. An unidentified witness said she ‘heard only an ungodly scream’
In a statement, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Professional Permit said officials from the Office of Public Safety and Inspections have determined that the elevator has recently been inspected and certified in accordance with state regulations
He said she told him it was all happening so quickly and there was nothing she could do to help.
‘The lady tried to put her package in the elevator, that’s how we do it. Get it from the lobby, ”Carmichael told the station.
“I think the package and the woman might have exceeded the limit of what the elevator could handle, so what my wife said she saw was the lady’s arms as if they were hanging from her package.”
Carmichael called the accident terrifying because it could have been one of the residents inside when the elevator broke down.
“Awful old elevator that probably should have been kept better,” he added.
Another resident told CBS that the elevator is an old system.
“It’s a system with two sliding doors and unless that door is completely closed, it never moves,” said Nevada Foskit. “If something did happen, it must be clearly defective.”
The residents of the building were not allowed in for about 90 minutes because the police worked on site and were told that the elevator was stuck between the first floor and the basement (bottom left)
The elevator got stuck between the first floor and the basement, where the washing machines and dryers are located in the building
The building (in the photo) itself dates back to 1920, according to tax records, but it is unclear when the lift was installed
The building’s management said the elevator has been inspected in the past year.
According to WCVB, Boston’s inspectorate said the elevator is under state surveillance.
In a statement, a spokesman for the state’s division of professional licensing said officials from the Office of Public Safety and Inspections have determined that the elevator has recently been inspected and certified in accordance with state regulations.
“The department expresses its deepest condolences to the loved ones of the victim during this difficult time,” the statement read.
Police and officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are still under investigation.
Tax records say the building itself dates back to 1920, but it is unclear when the lift was installed.
Detective John Boyle of the Boston Police Department said her cause of death was traumatic asphyxiation, and the way she happened was accidental.
According to O’Connor’s biography on the Boston University website, she has taught “ a wide variety of courses throughout her career, including French Language, French for Business, French Conversation, French Literature in Translation, and French Culture through Gastronomy. ”
She previously taught at Bentley University, Louisiana State University, MIT, Northeastern University, and Tufts University.