DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — An 83-year-old Glendale man remains hospitalized after driving his 2003 Land Rover off the second story of a multi-story parking garage last week.
Rafik Sarookhanian was pulling into a spot in a parking structure for the Park Towers condominium building at 345 Pioneer Drive, where he lives, when he accelerated instead of stepping on the brake, police said.
Sarookhanian struck the metal guard rails and a cement structure before his SUV landed on its roof on Pioneer Drive.
"I call him a miracle because he is very lucky, especially with his age," Glendale Police Det. Ashraf Mankarios said.
He suffered multiple injuries and remains at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he has been treated since the Oct. 8 crash, Mankarios said.
Sarookhanian sustained multiple broken bones in his neck, tendons separated from his vertebrae and a large cut on his head, he said
He was scheduled for surgery Thursday to treat his injuries, Mankarios said.