Man hailed a hero after he pushes woman out of falling elevator to save her, loses own life

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  • A man is hailed a hero after he saves a woman from a stuck elevator before it falls down
  • Stephen Hewett-Brown, 25, was in the building to attend a New Year’s Eve party when he pushed Erude Sanchez, 43, out of the lift; thus, saving her life
  • The man says “happy New Year” to Sanchez before the elevator fell down crushing him to d***h

THE BRONX, New York City – A man is now hailed as a hero after he saved a woman from a falling elevator; saying “Happy New Year” as he pushed her out before the lift fell down crushing the man.

An article by Sam RKaina and John Annese for The Mirror published on January 2 identified the man as Stephen Hewett-Brown, who was trying to escape a stuck lift in an apartment building in Manhattan at around 11:30pm of December 31.

Police reports noted a witness, named Manuel Coronado, claiming he saw Hewett-Brown push building resident Erude Sanchez out of the elevator before it fell down the shaft, taking Hewett-Brown with it.

“She started going in, but the elevator started going down and he pushed her out,” Coronado said.

“He said ‘Happy New Year’ and pushed her out,” the witness added.

A joint article by Anthony Izaguirre, Denis Slattery, Sam Costanza and John Annese for the New York Daily News published on January 1 said that it was sheer chance that 25-year-old Hewett-Brown was in the elevator to aid 43-year-old Sanchez.

Photo Credit: New York Daily News
Photo Credit: New York Daily News

Reports said that the young hero wasn’t staying in the 26-story building but was present in the scene to attend a New Year’s Eve party in the area. Coronado said he and other residents who witnessed the accident desperately called 911; however, help only came after 20 to 30 minutes.

The courageous hero was immediately rushed to the New York Hospital, but could not be saved after suffering a “traumatic arrest” at around 11:54 pm.

One building resident named Alberto said there have been issues in the past with the elevator.

“We always get stuck. It just gets stuck or the door doesn’t want to open,” Alberto said.

Another woman who has stayed in the building for three decades said the elevators are notorious for problems.

“Especially that particular elevator has been out of service for the last couple of weeks, like on and off, and it was taking people on joy rides,” she said as quoted by CBS News in an article published on January 1.

Investigators revealed that the building has three active city Buildings Department violations; all for elevator defects and all dating back to May 30, 2014.