WEEKI WACHEE, Fla., July 25 (UPI) —
A woman visiting a wheelchair-bound friend was found crushed to death under a homemade elevator in a Weeki Wachee, Fla., home, police said.
The elevator was built about 17 years ago from a forklift, wood and metal for homeowner Jean Blair, who uses a motorized wheelchair in her three-story home. Blair sent the unoccupied elevator down, and it accidentally crushed visiting friend Margaret Harrison, WTSP-TV, St. Petersburg, reported Thursday.
Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene, and Hernando County building inspectors later said a permit for adding the elevator to the home was never issued. Citing its dangerous electrical connections, the elevator was declared unsafe and shut down.
Harrison’s death was deemed accidental, WTSP-TV said.