Wife Awarded $2m over NSW Car Park Death

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A woman who watched her husband reverse their car over the edge of a second-storey parking lot and plummet to his death has been awarded more than $2 million in damages.

Michelle Lee and her 34-year-old husband Thomas Lee were heading out for a family dinner in Haymarket in Sydney on March 5, 2006.

But the evening turned to horror when Mr Lee adjusted the car’s position on the second level of a multi-storey car park owned by the Carlton Crest Hotel.

A metal barrier disintegrated and the car went over the edge.

Justice Robert Beech-Jones on Thursday awarded Ms Lee just over $2.6 million in damages during a brief NSW Supreme Court hearing.

The payment will be split, with 75 per cent paid by the parking station operator and the rest by the City of Sydney.

The parties will return to the court on November 6 to argue costs.

Justice Beech-Jones said during an earlier hearing Ms Lee was owed “substantial” damages.


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