This is the moment a car plunged seven storeys of city centre parking garage after the woman drove the car through ‘retention wires’ on the seventh floor, before it then hit a building opposite and plunged down.
The accident victim, Christi Bowmer
Police in Austin have released surveillance video showing a car plunging seven stories from a downtown parking garage and striking another vehicle as it lands in an alley.
The video released Thursday shows the car landing atop an SUV then rolling upside down onto the ground. Moments later, people run to help the driver escape.
Police say the July accident happened when the woman drove through retention wires on the seventh floor, hit a building across the street and plunged to the alley below.
The SUV’s driver wasn’t hurt. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials said at the time that the woman was treated at a hospital.
The driver, Christi Bowmer says she is still recovering after her car went crashing over the edge of the seventh floor of a downtown Austin parking garage.
Bowmer, who lives in Cedar Park, says the wires that serve as walls in the parking garage made her “freak out.”
“I realized that hey — there’s no barrier, there’s just four wires here. My foot slipped off the brake,” she said. “And I just went straight through the wires and hit the wall on the other side and I hit a gas line on the way down and I went seven stories down and it was horrific.”
Bowmer says she thought she was going to die when her BMW plunged to the alley of the Littlefield Garage, at 508 Brazos St., on July 13. “I thought it was over. I just want to say thank you to all those people who helped me.”
Last September, a sport utility vehicle plunged from the ninth floor of the same parking garage.
Watch video below: