The daughter of a worker crushed to death by a malfunctioning dumbwaiter at a Hell’s Kitchen grocery store is suing the building’s owners.
Jeylin Sanchez, 23, filed the lawsuit Monday in the Bronx Superior Court after her mother, Maria Sanchez, was killed in December 2020 by an elevator said to have been illegally installed at the Food Emporium on West 43rd Street.
The 39-year-old mother of four was killed in the basement of the grocery store after she was struck by the elevator when it suddenly went up, fracturing her skull, face and ribs, department buildings and court documents show.
The dumbwaiter was not registered or inspected by the city building authority, which is required by law, according to the lawsuit.
“This elevator was not registered and should not have been used by anyone,” Jeylin Sanchez wrote on a GoFundMe page after her mother’s death. “Unfortunately, working conditions are often overlooked when it comes to minorities.”
The GoFundMe campaign eventually raised nearly $9,000 and the lawsuit is seeking undisclosed damages.
“It is so tragic that my mother left everything she knew at home to come to this country to have a better life, but lost it in the process,” Jeylin wrote. “She worked so hard to make sure we have a roof over our heads and food on the table.”
Building owners M Plaza LP and Related Management Company have been named as defendants in the lawsuit, as have Liberty Elevator Company and Arrow Elevator Inc.
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