Driver survives seven-storey plunge from Texas vehicle park

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Almost one month after a woman's vehicle plunged seven stories off the side of a Downtown Austin, Texas parking garage, police have released shocking video that shows the impact.

Christi Bowmer's BMW 328i convertible took flight deep in the heart of Texas.

Police said the woman behind the wheel mistakenly hit the wrong pedal - sending her screeching through a safety barriers on the top floor of the complex. Her auto tumbled to the ground, where it landed nose-first and struck another vehicle before coming to a grinding stop.

"I went straight down, and I watched myself in slow motion", Bowmer told the American-Statesman. She would survive in what EM's called non-life threatening injuries.

The frightful scene unfolds in surveillance video released by the Austin Police Department on Thursday.

There was William Burch, the man whose SUV Bowman struck when her auto crashed into the ground.

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"I can just imagine what she was thinking when I said, 'A vehicle just landed on me, I gotta go, '" Burch said.

Bystanders are then seen rushing to check on the driver.

A sport utility vehicle fell from the ninth floor of the same parking garage last September.

Here is the newspaper's account of the latest crash, along with its account of O'Connor's fall and his rescue from the dangling SUV by a passer-by.

The frequency of the two incidents shined a spotlight on permitting rules in Austin that allow structures like parking garages to face little oversight once their plans get the go-ahead from the city. 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.

Bowmer says she thought she was going to die.

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