Man crushed to death by falling elevator in NYC, witness says he first pushed woman out of way

A 25-year-old man has been crushed to death on New Year's Eve by a falling elevator in New York City.

Police say the accident happened around midnight Thursday in a building on Broome Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. They did not immediately release the victim's name or details on exactly how he was killed.

Witnesses tell the Daily News ( ) that the victim died after heroically shoving a woman out of harm's way.

Manuel Coronado tells the newspaper that the man "said 'Happy New Year' and pushed her out."

The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital. An investigation in underway.