New mom Aberaqed Al-Rabah was waiting for the elevator on the 23rd floor of her apartment building in Coney Island when the doors opened.
Naturally, she pushed her stroller forward before realizing the elevator had not arrived. Her six-week-old baby plummeted down the shaft to her death.
Building residents say the elevator was regularly out of service and that the landlords did not respond to repeated requests for repairs. ABC Eyewitness News reports that the Sea Rise apartment building had countless lift issues over the last 15 years, with the New York Daily News adding that number was as high as 20 complaints since January 2015.
We hope this tragedy will improve safety and building conditions to avoid any more unnecessary deaths.
Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased in this time of grief.