When a young mother recently pushed her baby in a stroller into an elevator in Brooklyn, the mom and her child fell onto the roof of the elevator because the car was stuck between the floors underneath the two victims. Tragically, the weight of the mother crushed her infant daughter, resulting in the child’s death.
The horrific accident occurred on Thursday, October 13 at approximately 11:45 a.m. on the 23rd floor of a high-rise building in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The building is located at 3415 Neptune Avenue, which reportedly has many past safety violations. Moreover, 45 of these violations are said to be connected to the elevator.
The mother, 21-year-old Al-Rahabi, told police that she was unaware that the elevator car was not there when the doors opened. She then pushed her six-week-old daughter, Areez Ali, into the space. Both mother and daughter plummeted many feet onto the roof of the elevator car that was trapped between the 22nd and 23rd floors of a building that is included in the Bay Park apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York.
The force of impact caused the baby’s death. Additionally, the force of impact reportedly caused the elevator to descend all the way to the 17th floor.
The baby was later taken to Coney Island Hospital, where she was declared dead. The baby’s grandfather, Salah Ali, described the mother as being in “bad shape.” She was also injured as a result of the elevator accident and remains in the hospital.
According to one of the complaints filed with the Department of Buildings, the Bay Park Complex has a “chronic problem” concerning its elevators. The defective elevator that allegedly caused the baby’s death has one active complaint, filed as recently as September 30. Moreover, there were two complaints about the elevator filed in 2000. In addition, there was a complaint filed on March 9, 2015 alleging that the elevator was always going out of service and had not been functioning properly for two-and-a-half weeks.
Consumerwatch.com reveals that nearly half of all fatalities in apartment buildings occur because of falls in the elevator shaft. Many other apartment building fatalities take place when the victims are trapped between the elevator and the wall of the shaft. These deadly accidents could have been caused by defects in the following:
- Pulley systems
- Door operation
- Poor maintenance
If you were injured due to a defective elevator, the owner of the building could be held responsible and you may have a valid premises liability claim. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Proner and Proner today.