As reported in the New York Times “City Room” blog, Suzanne Hart, 41, a Heights resident and director of new business at the advertising agency Y&R, was killed when an elevator she was boarding at her employer’s headquarters at 285 Madison Avenue suddenly lunged upward. She shared her State Street apartment with her boyfriend, Chris Dickson. The Times quotes him: “She’s a beautiful person and I don’t have words for this, I loved her.”
Y&R and other firms had previously announced plans to move out of the building. According to the Times piece, a former Y&R official “described the elevators in the 85-year-old building as creaky and balky.” Update: The Wall Street Journal reports that maintenance work had been done on the elevator just hours before the accident.