A WOMAN who watched her husband plummet to his death when their car flipped off a dodgy second-storey parking lot has been awarded more than $2.6 million in damages.
Michelle Lee and her 34-year-old husband Thomas Lee were attending a family dinner in Haymarket, Sydney on March 5, 2006 when the horror accident happened.
Mr Lee was reversing the car on the second level of a multi-storey car park owned by the Carlton Crest Hotel when a metal barrier disintegrated and the vehicle flipped over the edge, landing on its roof.
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Mr Lee was killed instantly.
On Thursday, Ms Lee was awarded just over $2.6 million in damages in the NSW Supreme Court.
The court heard, as a result of witnessesing her husband’s death, Ms Lee suffered an “almost complete psychological collapse”.
She’s since been diagnosed as having post traumatic stress disorder, extreme grief and major depression, and has spent time in a psychiatric hospital.
Seventy-five percent of the damages will be paid by the owner and operator of the car park and the rest by the City of Sydney.