Lexus driver survives fall from fourth floor of parking garage

Lexus driver survives fall from fourth floor of parking garage
Published: Oct. 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 24, 2014 at 3:44 AM HST
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SUV off parking garage
SUV off parking garage

MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An elderly woman walked away from her Lexus SUV after driving it off a four-story parking garage.

79-year old Beatrice Taba was visiting her granddaughter at the apartments on Waikalani Place in Mililani Thursday morning. She parked in a visitor spot on the fourth floor.

Witnesses thought she might have hit the gas instead of the brake and crashed through the cables. The SUV flipped and narrowly missed a tree as it plunged to the lawn below. It landed upside down. The air bags went off and all the windows were smashed but Taba was able to crawl out.

"When I ran over here, the woman was getting herself out," says Matthew Lyman, who lives in the complex, "She had a little cut on her forehead but she could walk. And that's what amazed me is that she could walk still!"

"They had a neck brace on her, but she seemed like she was alert," says Koalani Perrin-Thompson who also lives there and ran to help.

Paramedics took the woman to the Queen's Medical Center in serious but stable condition. She had cuts and bruises and was shaken by the ordeal, but otherwise seemed fine.

"I was really surprised after seeing this vehicle the way it is... I was really surprised," says Perrin-Thompson.

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