Brooklyn worker killed in tortilla-mixer horror
By LORENA MONGELLI, IKIMULISA LIVINGSTON and JAMIE SCHRAM
Last Updated: 5:01 AM, January 25, 2011
A 22-year-old Guatemalan immigrant was crushed to death when he tumbled into the mixer at a Brooklyn tortilla factory early yesterday morning, police said.
Juan Baten, 22, often had to reach into the mixer to help the dough along, sources said, but at 2:30 a.m. his hand was snagged by one of the blades, and he was sucked inside.
The powerful turbines broke his neck and killed him instantly, police said.
Baten, who lived with his common-law wife Rosario Ramirez and their 7-month-old daughter Daisy, moved to New York from the tiny village of Cabral six years ago, shortly after his father was killed in a bus accident, family and friends said.
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The tortilla factory where Baten lost his life.
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