Car’s 7-story fall

captured on video

AUSTIN — Police in Austin have released surveillance video showing a car plunging seven stories from a downtown parking garage and striking another vehicle as it lands in an alley.

The video released Thursday shows the car landing atop an SUV then rolling upside down onto the ground. Moments later, people run to help the driver escape.

Police say the July accident happened when the woman drove through retention wires on the seventh floor, hit a building across the street and plunged to the alley below. The SUV’s driver wasn’t hurt. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials said at the time that the woman was treated at a hospital.

Last September, an SUV plunged from the ninth floor of the same parking garage.


Man found dead had called for help twice

DENVER — An elderly man found dead in a parking garage elevator had pushed the emergency button twice but got no response, police said.

The decomposing body of 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik was found last week after residents of a Denver apartment complex reported a stench. Elevator repair workers found the body.

An investigation into the death by the Denver Police Department revealed that Komisarchik pushed the emergency button twice during an eight-minute span on July 6 but got no response, The Denver Post reported Thursday.

The calls went to MEI Total Elevator Solutions, which reported them to the apartment complex, Woodstream Village. Apartment complex staffers checked two elevators, but not the one containing Komisarchik.


New Orleans worried about new downpour

NEW ORLEANS — With debris from last weekend’s flash flood still piled up on sidewalks and their city under a state of emergency, New Orleans residents looked ahead warily Friday to the prospect of more rain to tax the city’s malfunctioning pump system.

The city scrambled to repair fire-damaged equipment at a power plant and shore up its drainage system less than a week after a flash flood from torrential rain overwhelmed the city’s pumping system and inundated many neighborhoods.

A control panel on one of two working turbines had been fixed by Friday morning, but the system remains well below full power, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

Wire reports