A silver Honda SUV stands vertically in the parkade at the Edgewater condos in Ucluelet. The car went over the edge on Monday morning, June 11. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Crash leaves SUV dangling in Ucluelet parkade

“I asked if the airbag went off, he said no.”

Residents of Ucluelet’s Edgewater condos woke up to a dramatic scene this Monday morning.

A silver Honda SUV went over the edge of the upper parking lot. The driver, a male in his 30s, was taken away in an ambulance.

Luciano Rinaldi was returning home from dropping his kids at school when he saw the car teetering on the side of the parkade.

“[The driver] started to try to climb out the window. We told him to stay put and continually tried to get out so I went to look if I could brace the car. If it was going to tip over, he should just stay in, right?” said Rinaldi.

“I asked if the airbag went off, he said no. He was climbing out. I grabbed the back bumper. I told him if he had to get out to jump clear. But he didn’t listen to that. He climbed on the fence and then climbed up onto the parkade.”

Rinaldi was unsure as to why the driver went over the rail.

“Kids play here though. It should be taped off,” he said.

Another resident heard the loud crash from her bedroom.

“Accidents happen,” she said. “I’m just glad no kids were playing in the area.”

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