AN ADVERTISING executive who became caught in closing elevator doors was killed when it shot upwards crushing her to death between floors.
The horrific accident happened at the Madison Avenue office building of Y&R, formerly Young & Rubicam where Suzanne Hart worked.
Ms Hart, 41, was a director of business development at Y&R and lived in Brooklyn.
Her father told The New York Times that she was "the most marvelous daughter imaginable."
"No father could have ever been more proud of her," he said.
Two other people who got into the lift before her were helpless and could only look on in horror as she was killed.
Emergency services rescued them from the elevator, which jammed between the first and second floors.
They were not physically injured but suffered psychological trauma.
Public safety and law enforcement officials said Hart was stepping onto the elevator when her foot became caught in the gap between the elevator car and the lobby floor.
The elevator then rose abruptly with its doors still open, pulling her along.
The accident happened Wednesday morning in a 26-story midtown Manhattan office tower near Grand Central Terminal.
Safety mechanisms are supposed to prevent elevators from moving while their doors are open and an investigation into what happened has been launched.
The elevator is one of 13 in the tower. It was taken out of use pending the outcome of an investigation.
A spokeswoman for Y&R, which announced just days ago that it planned to vacate the building for a new headquarters, confirmed that there had been a fatality but said she couldn't provide additional information.