A Ford Mustang that skidded on a fog-drenched roadway plunged several feet into the lower level of a parking garage on Birch Street in Palo Alto, landing on its roof early Tuesday morning (Nov. 29).
The male driver in his 20s said he was returning home from work at about 3 a.m. and had exited westbound Oregon Expressway toward California Avenue. As he rounded a curve his vehicle slid on the slick roadbed, hit a curb and some shrubbery and flipped into the garage, landing on its roof.
The driver, who did not want to be identified, said his seat belt saved his life. The taut belt kept him in place, dangling upside down in the car, which had a soft, cloth roof, he said.
The man said he was able to exit the vehicle and walked to his home, which is nearby. He was not injured.
"I was too tired to come back," he said, adding that he woke up later than he intended. He walked back to the garage around rush hour to survey the damage and call a tow truck. Someone at the garage saw the vehicle and called Palo Alto police, he said.
Ellison's Towing drivers were turning the car onto its wheels and planned to hoist it out of the garage at 9:45 a.m. They said the vehicle was "totaled."
Palo Alto police have not yet returned a call asking if the driver would be cited.