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A woman is suing a Texas parking garage after her car fell 7 stories

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Updated August 23, 2017 07:10 PM EDT

A woman whose car fell seven stories from a parking deck in Austin, Texas, last month is suing the owner and management of the garage, Circa's affiliate CBS Austin reports.

The vehicle's owner, Christine Bowmer, is asking for $1 million in damages.

Bowmer suffered a fractured sternum, severe damage to her vertebrae, a fractured ankle and a broken rib when she drove her car off the seventh floor of the Littlefield Garage, a member of her legal team said.

Back in the month of July in Austin, Texas, a car in a parking garage fell seven stories and landed nose first when restraining cables in the garage failed, reported CBS Austin. New footage from the parking garage security camera shows how it all went down.

Fortunately everyone was alright, but the garage now has a track record for accidents. Last September, a car got stranded dangling in the air when its front axle got snagged by a cable. In that instance, the driver had to climb out of their sunroof to safety.

"I'm not a structural engineer. I don't design buildings, but there seems to be something, a flaw."
Christopher Carlisle, Austin Police Department

According to the Austin Code Department, the garage has had three violations since 2014. Two violations involved the elevator and the third came after the retention cables were broken in the September incident.

The owner of the parking garage released the following statement:

"We regret the unfortunate accident that happened today in our garage and are thankful that no lives were lost. A similar incident happened in September 2016 in the same garage, but on a different floor. This morning, the car apparently hit the barriers at a rate of speed sufficient to break-through and hit the building across the alley. The garage was built in 1979, and these are the only two such incidents since its construction 38 years ago. After the previous incident, we engaged a structural engineer to review the situation, and repairs to the safety barriers were performed according to his recommendation. The City of Austin permitted and inspected such repairs to their satisfaction. Premier Parking, the manager of the parking garage, manages over 400 parking locations across the United States, and they have not experienced anything like this in their 15-year history other than the previous incident. Although all the facts of this accident are still being gathered, we will work to ensure the safety of our parking guests."
Premier Parking

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