Building worker crushed to death in NYC elevator accident

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NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a New York City building worker was fatally crushed by elevator machinery while trying to retrieve a cell phone that had apparently fallen down the shaft.

Police say Kennie Lessie died in a building on Parkside Avenue in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section of Brooklyn. He was 64 and an assistant superintendent in the six-story apartment house.

According to police and the Department of Buildings, Lessie and a tenant went into the basement elevator room to search for a phone, and Lessie got caught in moving ropes and machinery as the elevator moved among floors.

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