Texas parking garage gets fix as drivers drive off top floor

The dramatic moment of impact when the woman's BMW smashes into the ground after flying seven stories down

A BMW hardtop convertible fell seven stories when its driver mistook the brakes for the gas petal and drove off the edge of the Littlefield Parking Garage in Austin, Texas.

Police have released security-camera video showing the July 13 plunge of a woman in a BMW sedan off the seventh floor of a notorious parking garage in Austin, Texas - notorious because this is the second such crash there in less than a year.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services responded to the parking garage at 508 Brazos Street around 8:30 a.m., after the auto broke through a barrier and plunged into an alley. One angle shows an SUV backing out on the ground floor, then pauses by the garage entrance, only to be hit in the back by the woman's falling vehicle.

Local reports claim this is the second time a auto has broken through the barriers at the Austin vehicle park. City code enforcement has made several visits to the site and is working with the property owner, their engineer and a city engineer to bring the cable system into compliance.

Police said they are still investigating the exact cause of the crash.

The garage owner reportedly said that these are the only two incidents like this to have occurred on the grounds.




Austin permitted and inspected such repairs to their satisfaction. "My foot slipped off the brake", she said.

Temporary safeguards in the form of water-filled barriers have been put in place along the alley side of the garage where there are cables.

The driver of the Tahoe SUV, William Burch, wasn't hurt.

Burch and other witnesses then rushed to help the woman inside. There's the person who dialed Bowmer's husband while she lie covered in blood, giving her a chance to say what she thought might be a final goodbye.

"I know you all saved my life", Bowmer said.

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