Maria Sanchez Biography — Wiki
Maria Sanchez is a New York City supermarket employee who was crushed to death by a freight elevator. She has been identified as a mother-of-four, who died Tuesday afternoon in the cellar of a Hell’s Kitchen Food Emporium on 43rd Street while loading the small dumbwaiter elevator with supplies.
The contraption – which was illegally installed – malfunctioned and lurched upwards, crushing Sanchez’s head.
Co-workers discovered her body in the cellar shortly after 4 pm.
Maria Sanchez Age
Maria Sanchez is 39 years old.
Sanchez, who lived in The Bronx, emigrated from Mexico 15 years ago and had worked at the Food Emporum for five years. Her husband is also reportedly an employee at the franchise.
Sanchez’s children, who range in age from 21 to five, are ‘inconsolable’ over the tragedy.
On Wednesday, Sanchez’s eldest child paid tribute to her late mom, describing her as a selfless and hardworking woman who juggled two jobs in order to provide for her family.
‘She was working 48 hours per week. ‘She never put anybody before her kids. Whether she had to work seven days a week, she would do it,’ her daughter, Jeylin, 21 told The New York Daily News.
A Department of Buildings investigation uncovered that the elevator was illegally installed.
Jeylin says she is enraged by that fact.
What we know so far
‘The work conditions for minorities are overlooked – and minorities were most of the workers [at the Food Emporium store]. Companies overlook us. They don’t care about the safety of their workers. You die, they replace you.’
The Buildings Department has shut down the elevator and has issued a violation to the owner of the building.
At the time of Sanchez’s death, the area was teeming with crowds trying to stock up on food ahead of an impending snowstorm.
‘I came here, then saw the gurney roll into Food Emporium and my heart stopped,’ one local told The New York Post.