BMW plunges 7 floors from downtown Austin parking garage

Saul Bowman
August 13, 2017

Surveillance video shows the auto hit the pavement after a seven-storey plunge from a downtown parking garage and striking another vehicle as it lands in the alley. His SUV was caught by barrier wires, leaving the vehicle hanging off the side of the garage.

Medics took the driver to Dell Seton Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries, police said at the time. This is the second time a vehicle has smashed through the barriers at the Brazos Street auto park in two years: a Toyota 4Runner ended up dangling off the top level last September.

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

Littlefield was cited for unsafe conditions for its barrier cable systems in that incident.

After meeting with Austin Code, parking garage owner GTT Parking LP is making changes to improve safety, including looking into redesigning the entire cable system.

Two arterial hemorrhages in her head almost killed Bowmer, she said.

She said her recovery has been miraculous. The pain is still a major issue and she has not returned to work, relying upon her husband, Jay Bowmer, to perform even some of the most menial tasks. Now, her closely-cropped locks are edgier than the self-described "sheltered" "country girl" would prefer.

The gripping surveillance video begins with an SUV making a slow turnaround in a downtown Austin alley, before suddenly braking as the driver hears a noise.

The vehicle then rests on its roof - as nearby witnesses, mostly construction workers, rush to the scene.

Bowmer says the wires that serve as walls in the parking garage made her "freak out". And there's the man who prayed at her side.

Bowmer says she thought she was going to die. "They were just unbelievable".

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