Man killed by elevator in Brooklyn with passengers inside it while trying to find dropped phone


Superintendent, 64, is CRUSHED to death by an elevator in Brooklyn apartment trying to retrieve a tenant’s cellphone

  • Kennie Lessie, an assistant building superintendent, had went to the elevator machine room in the basement with a tenant to find a phone that fell into the pit
  • The elevator was called to a different floor and he was caught in the ropes that lift the elevator cars before he was then pinned underneath it
  • Cops said passengers were on the elevator when the man was killed and the tenant was also injured

An assistant building superintendent was killed by an elevator in the Brooklyn apartment building where he worked.

Kennie Lessie, 64, died in the tragic accident which happened around 1:15 p.m. in an apartment building about four blocks from where he lived in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, the NYPD told DailyMail.com.

Lessie had gone down to the elevator machine room in the basement with a tenant to find a cell phone that had fallen into the pit at the bottom of the elevator shaft, investigators with New York City Department of Buildings told WABC-TV.

A male building worker was crushed under an elevator at 225 Parkside Avenue in Brooklyn

The tragic accident happened around 1:15 p.m. in an apartment building about a block away from Prospect Park

The tragic accident happened around 1:15 p.m. in an apartment building about a block away from Prospect Park

The victim, 64, had gone down to the elevator machine room in the basement with a tenant to find a cell phone

The victim, 64, had gone down to the elevator machine room in the basement with a tenant to find a cell phone

The elevator was called to a different floor while the assistant super and tenant were in the elevator machine room

The elevator was called to a different floor while the assistant super and tenant were in the elevator machine room

The man was caught in the moving hoist ropes and elevator sheave, which lift elevator cars, before he was then pinned underneath

 The man was caught in the moving hoist ropes and elevator sheave, which lift elevator cars, before he was then pinned underneath

The elevator was called to a different floor while the assistant super and tenant were in the elevator machine room, officials told the outlet.

The man was caught in the moving hoist ropes and elevator sheave, which lift elevator cars, before he was then pinned underneath, reports said.

Cops told the New York Daily News that passengers were in the elevator when the man was killed.

The tenant, 36, also suffered minor injuries to his fingers during the incident while trying to save the man and render aid, cops said.

The building’s head super Eddie Adis told the Daily News he went to check the basement after tenants reported hearing a loud noise.

The visibly shaken Adis told the outlet that his colleague ‘was crushed.’

‘He was a good man. He died trying to help a tenant,’ Adis said. 

A man who lives in the neighborhood, 26-year-old Kevin Richmond, told the Daily News that Lessie had worked in the building for decades.

‘He was the best janitor we ever had. He worked on everybody’s house and he helped everyone,’ Richmond said.

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