A 25-year-old man was crushed to death early Friday by an elevator on the Lower East Side, police said.
Cops said Stephen Hewett-Brown, of the Bronx, was in an elevator at 131 Broome Street with two other people when the elevator got stuck near the third floor at around midnight. The other two occupants were able to get out of the elevator, but Hewett-Brown got stuck between the elevator car and shaft, according to police. It's unclear how he became stuck.
Officers responded to the scene, where they found Hewett-Brown unresponsive with severe body trauma. He was taken to New York Downtown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The medical examiner will determine an official cause of death.
The New York Daily News reported that Hewett-Brown saved a woman from the elevator before he was killed. Manuel Coronado, 23, told the Daily News that Hewett-Brown pushed 43-year-old Erude Sanchez out of the elevator as it began to fall.
"He said 'Happy New Year’ and pushed her out," Coronado said.
Coronado also told the Daily News that he tried to help free Hewett-Brown.
WABC's Kala Rama reported that there are three active violations on the building's elevators from the New York City Department of Buildings. The violations were issued back in May 2014, Rama reported.