Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Parking attendant survives three-story fall in SUV

BY SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM, HENRICK KAROLISZYN AND BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Tuesday, April 21st 2009, 4:00 AM

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A lucky parking attendant survived a harrowing three-story plunge out an East Village car garage window Monday, but his customer's new luxury ride was totaled.
A lucky parking attendant survived a harrowing three-story plunge out an East Village car garage window Monday, but his customer's new luxury ride was totaled.
The valet, whose name was not immediately released, walked away from the bizarre 3:30 p.m. accident at the Hertz garage on E. 13th St. at Fifth Ave., witnesses said.
He was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan as a precaution, but officials said it appeared he suffered only bumps and scratches.
"I just hope the guy is okay. That is all I care about," said Eli Yedid, 36, who leases the now-wrecked 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL450 SUV. "One phone call, I can get a new car."
Yedid said the attendant accidently put the car in reverse, crashed through a 15-foot-by-12-foot plate-glass window at the rear of the six-story garage and went for an unexpected 25-foot drop.
The silver, $70,000 SUV, which Yedid began leasing last month, landed atop a second-story courtyard of an adjacent New York University administration building, which had to be evacuated.
"It was like a rumbling," said NYU staffer Dan Malone, who was working in his fifth-floor office next door to the garage when the accident occurred. "I didn't just hear it, I felt it."
Another NYU worker, Ron Farrell, said he, too, was drawn to his window by a "big crash" and saw the driver walking away.
"He got out of the car and walked like 20 feet," said Farrel.
Jim Kerr of the NYU Department of Emergency Management said the SUV landed in a vacant and seldom-used courtyard. He said a crane was being brought in to remove the vehicle.
Yedid, who lives in Greenwich Village and owns the Cutie Pie Baby clothing company, said his wife, Adele, was downstairs with their three children waiting for the attendant to fetch the SUV when the accident happened.
"She is pretty shaken up," Yedid said.
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