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Woman crushed by elevator remembered by shocked friends

A woman crushed by an elevator at Cal State Long Beach last week was remembered by neighbors and friends in Huntington Beach for her kindness.

They expressed shock at how Annette Lujan was killed in the accident, which is under investigation.

When a neighbor, Teri Moore, heard Lujan was crushed to death by an elevator at Cal State Long Beach on Dec. 7, she couldn't believe it.

The tragedy left her wondering: How could you leave to work in the morning and not come back? Would an extra stoplight on the way or a delay for a chat with a co-worker have saved her life?

"I'm really struggling," Moore said. "I just miss her smile."

Lujan, 48, worked at Cal State Long Beach for nine years at the Office of University Research, according to the campus newspaper, the Daily 49er. The elevator crushed her as she attempted to escape while stuck between floors.

Lujan's house on a quiet Huntington Beach street where she lived for many years was empty Friday afternoon. Two bouquets of flowers were left at her door.

Moore, her next-door neighbor on the right, and, Cliff Fornwalt, her immediate neighbor to the left, said Lujan took care of her home and was proud of it.

The grass on the front lawn of Lujan's mint-green two-story home was wet, and the house stood out on Gloria Drive with a small garden, flowers and leaves near her door. A flag that read, "So many leaves, so little time," hung near her front door. An angel figurine with long, flowing wings and wavy long hair, which blew a kiss with one hand and held flowers with the other, sat on one side of the gate to her backyard.

Moore, who works from home, stood near her kitchen window near the frontyard with a warm mug in her hands recalling the way Lujan would greet her when she arrived home from work.

"Hey lady," she would say loudly and with a smile, Moore told the Huntington Beach Independent.

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-- Monia Shadia, Times Community News

Photo: Annette Lujan. Credit: Times Community News

 
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