A Bronx resident, Stephen Hewett-Brown, 25, was crushed to death in New York on New Year’s Eve, moments after he helped one of the building’s residents to safety.
Residents of the building, 131 Broome Street, say Hewett-Brown who was riding the packed elevator to attend a party with his pregnant girlfriend, sister, and cousin, pried the doors open after the packed car came to a stop. Fortunately for Erude Sanchez, the young man was able to push her to safety before it slipped and pinned him between the ceiling of the car and the building’s third floor. To make matter worse, The New York Times reports that the building has three open violations from the city’s Buildings Department on its elevators.
Sources tell the news outlet Hewett-Brown was upbeat, wishing party-goers a Happy New Year before being heard saying, “I can’t breathe.” He was unconscious when emergency responders arrived on the scene. He was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital at 12:32 a.m. According to his YouTube profile, Hewett-Brown was an aspiring musician who rapped and played the piano. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.