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Uber driver struck, killed man in Upper East side accident (Updated)

The SUV that killed a 27-year-old man in Manhattan's Upper East Side Saturday was driven by an Uber driver, officials confirmed Tuesday.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission said the driver, now identified as Aliou Diallo, was affiliated with the embattled start-up's Schmecken base in Long Island City.

Cops said Diallo was behind the wheel when he struck and killed Wesley Mensing of New Jersey who was holding hands with girlfriend Erin Sauchelli, 30, as the pair crossed East 62nd Street Saturday afternoon.

Police said Diallo stayed at the scene.

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A citation issued to Diallo for operating the vehicle without a license was dismissed on Monday.

Uber said on Tuesday that Diallo was not charged with a criminal offense or taken into custody.

Diallo's hack license has been suspended by the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission while the investigation is under way. Uber said it had temporarily suspended Diallo.

An Uber spokesman released a statement that Diallo was on his way to pick up a customer and had no passengers in the SUV at the time of the accident.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those involved in this tragic accident," Uber said in a statement. "We are providing the NYPD all information that can assist in their investigation."

Mensing, who lived in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, was recently recognized as one of the country's best young golf instructors. He died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital from severe head trauma.

Officials said that Sauchelli was expected to survive injuries to her head and legs.

Updated at 8:46 p.m.: This story and headline has been updated with clarification about the summons issued against Diallo.

 
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