Man plummets to his death in Loop parking garage

A 63-year-old man was killed Saturday night when he fell four stories down a dumbwaiter-style shaft used to access different levels in a Loop parking garage, authorities said.

The man was identified as George Davis, of the 10000 block of South Yale Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Davis was a patron at the four-story State Parking Garage, 171 N. Wabash Ave., when he attempted to use the device, which resembled a vertical conveyor belt, said Chicago Fire Department Chief Joe Roccasalva and a police officer at the scene.

Chicago Fire Department paramedics were called to the parking garage at 7:44 p.m., said Roccasalva. The man was dead on arrival at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Roccasalva said.

Chicago Police Officer Armando Alvarez said the device was blocked off by gates and there were many signs saying it was for employee use only.

The man's car was found on the top floor, from which he plunged, according to a police sergeant on the scene.

Brian Smith and his girlfriend Michelle Cook, both 26, said they noticed the device running earlier in the evening when they parked on the third floor. Smith said he often parks in the garage but never noticed the conveyor before today.

He admitted that after they parked he considered taking it down the three flights, but Cook stopped him.

“A huge sign in front of it says don’t take it,” Smith said at the scene.

Chicago police are conducting a death investigation, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.

Officials from the Chicago Building Department also were summoned to the scene, Roccasalva said.

No one answered calls to the garage office.

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