A 25-year-old New York resident died saving a woman from a falling elevator by pushing her out of the way — but not before telling her “Happy New Year.”
Stephen Hewett Brown was reportedly trying to escape a stalled elevator in a Manhattan apartment building when he pushed 43-year-old Erude Sanchez out before it fell down the shaft.
“I tried to help the guy, but he was between the elevator and the building door,” 23-year-old Manuel Coronado told New York Daily News. “He was saying 'I can’t breathe.’ I tried to pull him up, but he said 'Leave me here, leave me here.'"
“She started going in, but the elevator started going down and he pushed her out,” Coronado added while translating for the Spanish-speaking woman. “He said ‘Happy New Year’ and pushed her out.”
Coronado said that he and other building occupants called 911, but waited 20 to 30 minutes for emergency personnel to arrive, according to New York Daily News.
“We called and they took a long time to come,” he said. “It’s a block away. I don't know why they didn't come to help."
Brown was rushed to a nearby hospital in “traumatic arrest,” but ultimately died, reported New York Daily News.
“I’m grieving my son,” Brown’s mother said. “I’m grieving my son. We don’t want to say anything.”