An Austin woman is suing the owners of a downtown Austin parking garage after she and her vehicle fell from the seventh floor according to the Houston Chronicle.
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Christi Bowmer, 49, filed a lawsuit against GTT Parking LP and Littlefield Garage owner Sheldon Kahn. Bowmer alleges they did not upgrade their cable barrier system after a previous car fell off the structure in September 2016.
“The incident received major local and national media exposure and became a sensation on the internet, particularly since the driver narrowly escaped what everyone knew would have been one of the most terrifying and harrowing accidents anyone can imagine: plunging many stories to the ground in a falling car,” the lawsuit states.
Bowmer also alleges inspectors found several loose cables around the structure’s edges and it did not meet safety codes dating back to 1976.
Bowmer almost died when her car fell from the garage on July 13, 2017. Police said she drove through the retention wires on the seventh floor, hit a building across the street and fell into an alley below.
Her lawsuit says her injuries are “severe and permanent,” including a broken back, broken sternum, broken ribs, broken elbow and broken ankle.
Bowmer is suing for negligence, gross negligence, premises liability and damages.
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