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Woman in her 70s killed when her SUV plunges four stories off Sports Club/LA parking structure

April 26, 2011 | 12:03 pm

A vehicle that drove off a parking structure in West Los Angeles rests on the sidewalk of Nebraska Avenue Tuesday morning. A woman in her 70s was killed Tuesday when the vehicle she was driving plunged off The Sports Club/LA parking structure in West L.A. and fell four stories before landing on its roof on the sidewalk.

Authorities described the 9:30 a.m. incident in the 11000 block of West Nebraska Avenue as a "tragic accident." The woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not immediately identified.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, but it appeared the woman's white Volkswagen struck a four-foot concrete slab that moved enough to create an opening for the vehicle to roll through.

The concrete barrier was still partially attached to the fourth story of the parking structure, which is five stories tall.

“We are aware that a fatal accident took place this morning in the parking garage of our West L.A. location," sports club officials said in a statement. "The police are currently investigating the incident, and we are doing everything possible to facilitate the investigation.”

It was not immediately known if the woman was leaving or going to the gym.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa said city building and safety inspectors had been dispatched to the scene to examine damage to the structure.

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-- Al Seib in West L.A. and Andrew Blankstein

Photo: A vehicle that drove off a parking structure in West Los Angeles rests on the sidewalk of Nebraska Avenue Tuesday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 

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