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UES parking garage attendant drove with suspended license

Rescuers pulled a driver from a vehicle that plunged down an elevator shaft at a parking garage on the Upper East Side on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (FDNY Photo)
July 19, 2012 6:46:40 PM PDT
The Upper East Side parking garage attendant who drove an SUV down an empty elevator shaft was driving with a suspended license.

21-year-old Steven Morales was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle. Morales was charged Tuesday afternoon, while hospitalized at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

After being treated for his injuries, he was released into police custody, and is expected to be arraigned in Lower Manhattan later today.

The accident happened inside the East 76th Street parking garage at 9:45 a.m.

The Lexus SUV went into the elevator shaft backwards.

Emergency workers freed Morales driver about an hour after the accident.

A second person, a customer, was being treated for a minor injury.

The vehicle was removed from the shaft just before noon.


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