A 30-year-old man was crushed by an elevator inside a New York City building Thursday morning, Aug. 22.
The man, identified as Samuel Charles Waisbren, was a resident of the building at 344 Third Avenue in the Kips Bay neighborhood of New York City, police said.
Waisbren was exiting the elevator in the building's lobby after two other passengers had already left the elevator just before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to New York ABC station WABC.
Charles Waisbren told Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ABC affiliate WISN that his son had been in New York for about five years.
"We sent him out there to find fame and fortune, which he did," his father said. "He loved New York -- it's exciting, lot of people, he made a lot of friends. He did well, he was living in a fancy New York building. The elevator had a myriad of problems for many, many years. Obviously it's a horrible tragedy."
In a statement, the Department of Buildings said they are investigating the incident.
“The Department of Buildings is investigating this incident aggressively and will take all appropriate enforcement actions. Elevators are the safest form of travel in New York, due to the city’s stringent inspection and safety requirements. We’re determined to find out what went wrong at this building and seek ways to prevent incidents like this in the future.”
Samuel was a Nicolet High School graduate, went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was one of three siblings. Waisbren's father learned of the Samuel's death from Samuel's older brother who also lives in New York.