Samuel Charles Waisbren Biography
Samuel Charles Waisbren died when an elevator suddenly dropped and crushed him in a Manhattan building which was fined just four months ago after inspectors discovered a safety feature had been disabled or tampered with.
Samuel Charles Waisbren, 30, was crushed to death by a Kips Bay elevator as 5 others watched in horror.
“It’s hard to see how you can go on living when such a big thing is taken from you,” the devastated dad told the Daily News.https://t.co/YRngTNbbVq
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 22, 2019
Samuel Charles Waisbren Age
He was 30 years old
Samuel Charles Waisbren Family
Police say it appears 30-year-old Samuel Charles Waisbren was trying to get out of the elevator when it continued downward and trapped him. https://t.co/I71TO0BRf8
— 23 WIFR (@23WIFR) August 23, 2019
Samuel was the son of Dr. Charles Waisbren who during an interview with Daily News said; “It’s hard to see how you can go on living when such a big thing is taken from you. “Sam was an absolutely wonderful young man. Smart and loving and very, very sensitive. He had his whole life ahead of him.”
According to relatives he had moved to the city six years ago. His father added; “A Midwest boy goes out to the big city — and dies. It’s just horrible to feel that he’s not going to grow up to have children, to have his own family, progress in his career.”
One bedroom at the building goes for $3,600. Charles said that considering the huge amount of rent paid the least they could do is provide safety.
30-year-old Samuel Charles Waisbren was killed by a faulty #elevator in the #Manhattan Promenade apartment building he lived in on 3rd Ave. after it had already been fined over frequent problems with the elevators; he moved to #NYC from #Wisconsin…https://t.co/i5hULLa0I4
— Pauline Park (@paulinepark) August 22, 2019
“My feeling about New York is you pay a bazillion dollars for rent, the least they could do is provide safety.”
Samuel Charles Education
BREAKING: NYPD identify man fatally crushed by his apartment building elevator at 3rd Ave. and 25th St. in Manhattan this morning as Samuel Charles Waisbren, 30 https://t.co/Yy9IRZF0CC pic.twitter.com/vkkqMGPEo9
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) August 22, 2019
Samuel graduated from Nicolet High School in 2007. After his death Dr. Greg Kabara, Nicolet School District Superintendent released a statement which said;
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Sam Waisbren, a 2007 graduate of Nicolet High School. The entire Nicolet family extends our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Samuel Charles CB Insights
Samuel worked in sales at software company CB Insights.
Sam Waisbren Elevator Accident NYC
Watch: Moment man crushed to death when elevator in NYC building suddenly falls – a preventable death? https://t.co/jTPiCSSrs9 #Samuel Charles Waisbren #Sam Waisbren #Manhattan Promenade #NYC elevator death
— Scallywagandvagabond (@ScallywagNYC) August 23, 2019
On August 22, 2019, NYPD confirmed Samuel Charles Waisbren, 30, was stepping off the lift when it fell from the first floor to the basement of the Third Avenue apartment building in Gramercy just before 8.27am.
FDNY Deputy Chief Anthony Arpaia said the Waisbren was exiting the elevator at the lobby-level when the car dropped toward the basement, causing him to become stuck between the elevator car and the shaft wall on the first floor.
Six other people were in the elevator at the time, including one who had just exited the lift before the deceased male became trapped, Arpaia told the New York Post.
Arpaia claimed Waisbren ‘was sort of stuck between the first floor and basement’ and he said some of the other passengers were left in the car as it made its descent.
A building employee said security footage from the lobby recorded the horrifying accident.
The employee told the New York Times that Waisbren tried to put his hand out to try to prevent the door from closing as the elevator went down.
‘Like jumping out of a car if it’s still moving,’ the building employee said.
The footage apparently shows two people stepping out of lift just before the lift collapsed, the employee said.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Samuel Charles Waisbren died when an elevator suddenly dropped and crushed him in a Manhattan building
- Officials said he was getting off in the lobby of the apartment building in Kips Bay just before 8.30am Thursday when the elevator malfunctioned
- Six others were in the lift when the horrific accident happened, but weren’t injured
- The building was fined in May after inspectors found a safety feature on another lift had been ‘disabled or tampered with’
- It was ordered to stop using this elevator until the issue was rectified
- Police are reviewing footage from the building’s apartment surveillance system