A lecturer at Boston University was killed in what is believed to be a freak elevator accident.
Boston police found Carrie O’Connor, 38, inside the elevator in her apartment building. The building is off campus, Sergeant Detective John Boyle said.
Her death was ruled an accident, Boyle said, caused by “traumatic asphyxia,” which usually results when a heavy object suddenly crushes the chest.
Police are still investigating the details of O’Connor’s death, but local reports said Connor was loading a box into an elevator in her apartment building when the elevator suddenly plunged.
State officials told boston.com the elevator in the Commonwealth Avenue apartment building had been inspected recently.
O’Connor’s family and colleagues at Boston University, where she’d taught courses in French language and culture, remembered Connor as a skilled baker and vegetarian cook, an experienced globetrotter and talented teacher.
O’Connor taught at Tufts University, Northeastern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University, where she earned her PhD in French studies, according to Boston University.
At Boston University, she taught French language courses, French literature and, most deliciously, French culture through gastronomy, among others.