BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Police have identified the woman who was killed in an elevator accident in an Allston apartment building on Monday.

Officers found 38-year-old Carrie O’Connor in the elevator on the first floor of 1140 Commonwealth Ave. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she died of traumatic asphyxia.

“It was horrifying. I would never want ever again, it wasn’t a cry. I can’t even describe what it was,” said fellow tenant Leanne Scorzoni.

O’Connor’s neighbors said she was trying to move a package either in or out of the elevator when the accident happened.

Carrie O’Connor (Image credit Boston University)

Scorzoni said another tenant saw O’Connor moments before. “He was helping her with a box into the building, and he was going up the stairs and he had told her, ‘Hey just be careful,’ because…you have to pull the door across and then step in and then press the button. However if you have something in there, it can trigger a sensor,” explained Scorzoni. “He believes that whatever she was trying to get in there hit the sensor and then it started moving.”

O’Connor was a Lecturer in French at Boston University. A spokesperson said she began working at BU in 2019 and was well-liked by her colleagues. Her parents told the college that she loved to travel and cook.

State inspectors were at the Commonwealth Ave. building on Tuesday. A property manager told WBZ the elevator was inspected this year and did not have any problems.

The incident remains under investigation.

Comments (4)
  1. Jessica Norris says:

    Could you please edit out this sentence in your article and in CNN’s? This is a traumatizing time enough for her family without them having to read this graphic description. Seems unnecessarily insensitive to include in such a public article.
    “It was horrifying. I would never want ever again, it wasn’t a cry. I can’t even describe what it was,” said fellow tenant Leanne Scorzoni.

    1. Stew says:

      Just be glad it didn’t describer her body being crushed and mangled between the box, shaft and door when it started moving with her partially in and partially out of the elevator.

  2. Basmah Rahman says:

    My room-mate and I lived in this building in 2006-2008 and that elevator was so dangerous even back then. We complained about this elevator at least a few times while we lived there and were always nervous about using it, but it was the only access to fuse boxes (which would blow often in our unit). When we lived there that elevator was constantly getting stuck between floors. If someone called the elevator from the basement where the laundry room is, then the elevator would move on it’s own if you didn’t have the inside and outside door properly propped open. If you didn’t close the outside door and left it open even a crack, then the elevator wouldn’t move at all. The outside door was heavy but wouldn’t shut on its own and you had to pull it shut after exiting it otherwise the elevator wouldn’t move. The inside door was an accordion style door and could snap your fingers and was super dangerous to use.
    We are deeply saddened, and praying for the O’Connor family…we are so sorry for your loss.

  3. Judy H. says:

    So the company already knew that the elevator was dangerous ten years ago.

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