Scorzoni, who has lived in the building with her husband for a year and a half, said she had not had any issues with the elevator or heard anyone say they were anxious about using it.
"What my wife said she saw was the lady's arms like hanging onto her package", building resident Eric Carmichael told the local FOX-TV affiliate of the Monday evening horror that killed French lecturer Carrie O'Connor, 38.
The report, obtained by the Globe through a public records request, said Carrie O'Connor was "trapped in the doorway of the first floor and the elevator" when officers arrived at 1140 Commonwealth Ave. around 5:15 p.m.
"Then we ran out into the hallway, and we saw a gentleman who was obviously in distress".
Her profile on the university's website says she earned a BS degree from Virginia Tech, an MA degree from Middlebury College and a PhD in French Studies at Louisiana State University.
O'Connor became deeply interested in French in middle school and took college-level classes in the language in high school, which was also when she first visited France - in what was just one of what would become many trips overseas. And he just said, 'Oh, I don't think that's going to fit in there.' And then she's like, 'Oh, I'll try it one more time, ' " Scorzoni recalled. Her death was later ruled as an accident caused by "traumatic asphyxia", which is usually caused when a heavy object crushes the chest.
A university lecturer has been crushed to death in an elevator accident in Boston in the US.
Leanne said the man was walking up the staircase next to the elevator when the accident happened and she could hear screaming through the walls.
"If you have something in there, it can trigger a sensor", the witness said.
"He believes that whatever she was trying to get in there hit the sensor and then it started moving".
"The auto had to have gone at least halfway down", Scorzoni said.
Carrie O'Connor is survived by her parents Daniel and Christal, her brother Philip, and her sister-in-law Sara.
Odile Cazenave, O'Connor's colleague in the French section of Boston University, described O'Connor as an integral part of the college.