Man Narrowly Escapes Death After Sliding Down Building Awning
A video posted to Instagram shows a man sliding down an awning at the Epicentre in Charlotte, North Carolina, before smashing into a car and rolling to the ground.
He appeared to be fine, getting up from the spill before flexing his muscles.
The man was identified as Alex Freudenberg, who was arrested for damaging property after breaking a car’s windshield in the fall, WCNC reported.
A local radio host, named “Chewy,” captured the video, posting it on social media. “The guy’s head … rolled almost into another car,” he told Fox46 in Charlotte.
“I was in the middle of a text message and I said, ‘Wait. Wait. No!,'” Chewy told WSOC-TV after the man told him and others, “You guys want to see something awesome?”
“The awning had a little bit of rain on it, so it was almost like a slip and slide,” Chewy added. “He thought it was a Carowinds ride.”
Witnesses were flabbergasted when they saw him perform the stunt.
“He slid, coming down about 15 mph, and slid right into the valet lane,” Alan Neblett said, WSOC-TV reported. “He came down and landed right here on the windshield of the vehicle,” Neblett added.
Photos taken from the scene show a Lexus model with a smashed windshield.
“I’ve seen a number of things, but I’ve never seen anybody slide down this and into the street onto a vehicle, never in my entire life,” Neblett noted.
He said a valet was moving the SUV when Freudenberg landed on it.
“I really thought he actually wasn’t going to make it,” Neblett said. “I actually thank God that he is OK.”
“God bless him. Man, slow down on the drinking, man. Quit drinking,” Neblett said.
After the stunt, Freudenberg flexed his muscles.
“No regard for anyone’s safety except for, ‘I want to prove to myself,’” Chewy added.
Freudenberg posted bail after he was arrested. No court date has been set for him.
Other details about the incident were not made clear.
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