Bronx teen miraculously survives after elevator cable snaps in Bronx building
By Edgar Sandoval AND Sarah Armaghan / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, March 30, 2012, 1:48 AM
Courtesy Shanny Franklin
Stuart DiMartini is a New York City personal injury attorney and premises accident lawyer.
A cable snapped on elevator in Bronx building.
Kenneth Lacen stepped on the elevator about 9 p.m. to return to his home on the second floor, his godmother Tashone Glenn said.
A Bronx teen miraculously survived a three-story plunge after the cable snapped on an elevator car in his apartment building Thursday night, family and officials said.
Kenneth Lacen, a 17-year-old high school student had been visiting friends on the fifth floor of the Highbridge building on Woodycrest Ave. near W. 162nd St. when he stepped on the elevator about 9 p.m. to return to his home on the second floor, his godmother Tashone Glenn said.
As the car neared the second floor, the cable suddenly split, sending the Grace Dodge High School student flying, officials and family said.
“His body flew to the ceiling like he was in a rocket,” said Glenn, 36. “He hit his back.”
“I heard the elevator clicking and I said to myself, ‘This elevator is going to snap,’” said Shantane Franklin, 42, a neighbor too scared to ride the lift just hours earlier. “It sounded like someone was moving furniture – it was that loud.”
The impact was so forceful it shook the building.
“His godbrothers knew he was there,” said Lacen’s cousin Tiffany Shalmers, 30. “They started screaming ‘Are you okay?’ He was shocked and scared.”
Firefighters were able to get Lacen out of the elevator, the FDNY said. He was taken to Lincoln Hospital where he was miraculously in stable condition, recovering from neck and back injuries, Glenn said.
There are three open violations against the six-story building’s elevator, according to Department of Buildings records, including failure to maintain building in code for worn car shoes, improper lighting and unsecure electrical wires on the top of the elevator.
The building, managed by Brooklyn-based M&D Management, and the DOB did not immediately return calls for comment.
Residents were concerned for their safety but relieved the young man is going to survive.
“There are old and sick people here,” Franklin said. “It could have been worse,” she continued, remembering Suzanne Hart, 41, who was crushed to death by a malfunctioning Manhattan elevator in December.
“He’s alive by the grace of God,” Glenn added.