Beverly Grove

Car Plummets, Lands on Roof in Beverly Grove Parking Garage

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A BMW SUV dropped off an upper floor of a parking structure, falling possibly three stories, and landing on its roof in Beverly Grove Thursday afternoon.

Two cars were involved in a crash inside the Beverly Connection parking structure located at 100 N La Cienega Blvd. at 1:20 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said. It's across from the Beverly Center.

"I saw it! It was like the movies -- a car flying through the air," said witness Retu Rashid.

Someone called in to report seeing one of the cars drive off a floor of the parking structure and land on another car below, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The young woman in the Nissan was shaken, but amazingly she and her two dogs escaped injury.  

I saw it! It was like the movies -- a car flying through the air.

witness Retu Rashid

The BMW driver was transported to nearby Cedars Sinai Hospital, and his injuries were not life threatening.

LAPD Sgt. Benjamin Zucker pointed out that there are restraining cables, and concrete bumpers to keep cars from going over the edge, but obviously not enough to stop the BMW. Why the BMW moved forward was not yet clear.

Afterwards, the restraining cables appeared droopy, draped with yellow caution tape. That section of the parking structure was kept closed, but the rest remains open and accessible.

The Beverly Connection management office had no comment.

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