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Window washer who survived 11-story fall is sued by driver whose car he struck


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A news story about the miraculous survival of a window washer who fell from the roof of an 11-story building in San Francisco’s financial district last year credits a passing motorist with saving his life.

Instead of hitting the pavement on California Street after he fell from a scaffold, Pedro Perez, 58, struck the roof of a Toyota Camry, crumpling it, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Now the driver, Mohammed Alcozai, is suing Perez over the accident, as well as the company for which he was working, Century Window Cleaning, reports Courthouse News.

The San Francisco Superior Court lawsuit seeks compensation for personal injury and lost wages, as well as the damage to Alcozai’s car. It isn’t clear, however, how Alcozai was hurt in the Nov. 21 accident. Perez suffered a broken pelvis and arm and severe brain trauma.

Filed on Thursday, the suit says both Perez and the company “were negligent in the operation of the window washing equipment, which caused defendant Perez to fall.”

Attorney Andrew Wolff, who is representing Perez and the owner of Century Window Cleaning, did not respond to requests for comment by Courthouse News.