The 25-year-old pushed a woman out of the elevator right after it stopped and was the only person left inside when the elevator crashed down, according to the newspaper.
Police received a 911 call from the building residents right before midnight. In the early hours of Friday Hewett-Brown was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The building where the accident occurred is home to low-income immigrant families, according to The New York Times. Its residents had repeatedly filed complaints over the malfunctioning elevator with the Department of Buildings.