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Kowabunga! Elevator Surfer Suffers Disastrous Wipeout

Summary:


The defense reconstruction of the accident portrayed the plaintiff to one
side of the car, reaching up to disengage a safety mechanism. The red and
white streaks represent physical evidence (scrapes and blood) on the inside
wall of the shaft.

A student who suffered a near-fatal elevator accident blamed faulty equipment. However, the physical evidence created by his face scraping against the inside wall of the elevator shaft was inconsistent with his story. Instead, the defense theory of him being trapped between the elevator car and the wall was consistent with someone reaching up between the two to circumvent safety mechanisms to facilitate access to the top of the
car to engage in illegal elevator surfing.


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