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Fatal elevator crash: Century Village silent

Jason Moyer Jason Moyer

By Emily Pantelides - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - We are asking the tough questions about why an elevator repair man died Monday at Century Village near West Palm Beach.

"He was the best husband and father. He was my soul mate. He means everything to me; I don't know how I'm going to live without him," described Lisa Moyer.

Moyer has yet to tell her 6 and 2-year-old children what happened to their dad. Truth is she still doesn't really know. "They haven't told me where he is. I don't know anything; I'm in the dark."

We were too until we started doing some digging.

First, we found out the elevator Jason was working on failed an inspection in '08 and was delinquent since '06 meaning for three years that elevator never had an inspection.

Century Village still isn't talking, so we went to the top to the state. The people who are in charge of inspecting these elevators and keeping them safe.

Emily: "How much blame do you guys take for what happened?"

Bill Veach, director of Division of Hotels and Restaurants: "I don't know that we would take blame on this."

Emily: "How do you tell the family of this man that died, or the people riding this elevator that they are safe when the elevator hasn't passed an inspection. Isn't it your job to fix these things?"

Veach: "Ninety-five percent of the elevators out there have passed."

Emily: "But what about the five percent that are not state?"

Veach: "Of the five percent, not all are unsafe."

But we wanted to know how this elevator could possibly be called safe when the state hasn't come to inspect it for three years.

Veach: "It is the responsibility of the owner to make sure their elevators are in compliance."

Emily: "But if they don't do it, you bear no responsibility for making sure they are fixed?"

Veach: "I don't know how to answer that question.... I'm going to have to wrap this up."

Emily: "Do you not want to answer our questions anymore?"

At this point, the state's public relations spokesperson got to the line, and we tried asking the question again.

Emily: "Doesn't the state hold any responsibility?"

Spokesperson: "Emily, thank you. This interview is done."

"Never thought it would be an elevator that took him out. I just want my husband back," cried Moyer.

In August of '08, the State Department of Business and Profession Regulation cited Century Village for operating an elevator without a license. There was a possible $1,000 fine, but, now, nine months later, the state has still never followed up on that threat.

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