A 25-year-old New York man is making national headlines for his heroic act on New Year’s Eve.
Stephen Hewett-Brown died on December 31 after he pushed a woman out of a faulty elevator before it fatally crushed him.
The New York Post reports: A 25-year-old man wished “Happy New Year” to a woman just before he saved her life by shoving her from a faulty elevator that suddenly took a plunge — but the brave act cost him his own life, witnesses said.
Stephen Hewett-Brown, 25, was in the crowded elevator at 131 Broome St. on Manhattan’s Lower East Side when Erudi Sanchez, 43, who lives in the building, stepped inside around 11:45 p.m. with her 10-year-old nephew to throw out trash.
“When I got into the elevator, I felt it dropping and I thought my feet would get caught in the gap but the man pushed me out and said, ‘Happy New Year,’” Sanchez told The Post on Friday in Spanish.
But suddenly, the malfunctioning elevator dropped farther and Brown’s body was caught between it and the third floor, Sanchez said.
“I saw he was trapped and the elevator was crushing him. It was awful,” she said.
The woman’s son-in-law Emanuel Coronado, 23, desperately tried to pull Brown out, but it was too late.
“I feel bad I couldn’t save him. I tried to pull him out but the weight of the elevator was too heavy,” said Coronado, who was still shaken up by the horrific accident.
He said a woman in the elevator who appeared to be with Brown was in hysterics as she witnessed him being mangled.
“She was crying. He was saying, ‘I can’t breathe. Please help me,’” Coronado recalled.“To me, he is a hero. My mother-in-law might not be alive right now.”
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