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MANHATTAN: Jose Fernandez Killed In Freight Elevator Accident at La Reguera Dominican Store In Washington Heights

Jul 25, 2016 | Elevator Accidents

MANHATTAN: Jose Fernandez Killed In Freight Elevator Accident at La Reguera Dominican Store In Washington Heights

MANHATTAN: Jose Fernandez Killed In Freight Elevator Accident at La Reguera Dominican Store In Washington Heights

BUILDING OWNER AND/OR ELEVATOR INSTALLER MAY BE LIABLE FOR FATAL ACCIDENT

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (July 24, 2016) – A 43-year-old employee at a Washington Heights variety store has died in a tragic freight elevator accident near 552 W. 182nd Street, according to the New York Post.

Authorities have been able to identify the man that was killed in the accident as Jose Fernandez. Fernandez also by the nicknames “Morenito” and “Flaco.” The employee was loading boxes onto a lift at  La Reguera Dominican when it suddenly pulled the man upward and pinned him to the ceiling. Emergency medical workers tried to save him, but he was later pronounced dead.

There was an outpouring of grief at the business as people remembered Jose Fernandez. He was remembered as an extremely good person who had been working at La Reguera Dominican after he emigrated from the Dominican Republic. People who worked at shops around the store described him as very hard working and energetic and were deeply saddened that he died.

This tragic accident is the second time that a person was killed or injured in a freight elevator accident in the last year. One other person was crushed to death and another worker lost an arm in a freak accident.

The building was fined $1,200 in December of 2015 according to records that are available online. A building owner next door said that the elevator was installed about 1 year ago after an auto repair shop was turned into a discount store. A department investigation revealed that the elevator was built illegally to to accommodate a new storage space on the second floor. 

Building department investigators are still trying to determine what caused the lift to malfunction as Jose Fernandez was loading merchandise. It remains unclear if there was even supposed to be an elevator at that address.

HELPING THOSE IN NEED BY RAISING AWARENESS
If you or someone that you know has been affected by this accident, we will gladly help raise awareness of any gofundme campaign set up to support the victim or their family. We can link to it in this post which is then spread across our social media platforms. You can send your request to: gofundmerequest@gmail.com.

Our staff at the RMFW Law Firm were heartbroken to learn about the fatal accident that killed Jose Fernandez. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family as they cope with such an incredible loss. If there is anything at all that we can do for the family of the victim with any questions they have about their rights, our phones are always on  212 697 9280. We are here for you. We care about you, and we would be more than happy to help with anything that we can.

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