New Jersey Woman Dies After Falling From IKEA Parking Garage

New Jersey Woman Dies After Falling From IKEA Parking Garage
Exterior of the IKEA store in Paramus, N.J., in October 2018. (Google Maps Street View/Screenshot)
Richard Szabo

A New Jersey woman fell to her death in the parking lot of a furniture and home appliance store on April 22.

Paramus Police Department confirmed a parking lot sweeper discovered the body of the unidentified Garfield woman, 58, at about 4:30 a.m. at the base of an IKEA parking garage in Paramus.

Police arrived on the scene at 4:41 a.m. to investigate a report there was a human body in the IKEA parking lot. Officers found the body on the Route 17 side of the building.

Police also found her car was still parked on the top floor deck.

“At some point, she locked the car that she had arrived in and jumped from the top floor of the garage,” Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg told the Daily Voice. “The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and at this time it is believed that no other persons were involved.”

Investigators from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence at the scene.

The investigators believe the woman arrived at the building about 7 p.m. local time the night before.

Meanwhile, police responded to a car crash on the same day after a Garfield woman, 26, allegedly struck a sign and electrical pole outside of Garfield High School.

When Officer Dane Lio arrived at the scene he discovered the overturned 2000 Nissan Maxima and found the driver was unharmed.

The driver is accused of using her cellphone when the accident happened on Outwater Lane and near Palisades Avenue at about 2 a.m.

Captain Darren Sucorowski confirmed the driver refused treatment by paramedics from the Hackensack University Medical Center.

There were no signs of impairment, he told the Daily Voice.

A crew from local electricity provider Public Service Enterprise Group attended the scene and repaired the utility pole.

Richard Szabo is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years' experience in news writing at mainstream and niche media organizations. He has a specialty in business, tourism, hospitality, and healthcare reporting.
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