An eyewitness has spoken of the moment a woman plunged to her death from the fifth floor of a city centre car park.
The onlooker told the Birmingham Mail the woman was “very stressed” and , seconds before the fall, was shouting about the government, her house and child support.
Around 100 people – including children – watched in shock as she fell from the 100ft high NCP car park, on Albert Street, at around noon yesterday.
The 33-year-old witness – a family support worker from Walsall – described the victim as middle-aged.
“No one knows why she did it. It’s horrid, it’s terrible,” said the woman, who has asked not to be named.
“She just threatened to jump off, but then she did.
“She was just saying she had had enough of government changes. She was saying something about her house.
“She seemed very stressed.
“I don’t know how long she was there, a lot of people were saying she’d been there over an hour.
“Obviously this woman has got children as well.”
The witness added she heard the victim talking about child support.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said the emergency call came through at 12.05pm. “We were called to Albert Street in the city centre after a woman fell from the fifth floor of the multi-storey car park.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious.”
A number of paramedics were scrambled, but nothing could be done to save the woman.
A West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called to Albert Street, in Birmingham, shortly after 12.05pm.
“Two ambulance crews, a BASICS Emergency Medic, a paramedic area support officer, two motorbike paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended.
“A woman was confirmed dead at the scene.”