NEIGHBOURS told of their shock after a man plunged seven floors from a block of flats and smashed on to a parked car.
The man, believed to be in his 40s, survived the horror fall from a balcony in Persevere Court, Leith, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Onlookers rushed to his aid after he struck a silver Renault Laguna – understood to belong to an ambulance worker – which was parked outside the 20-storey high rise.
Witnesses described how the hazard lights of the car – which was left with dents in its roof and the rear door panel and a smashed window – began flashing after the incident shortly after midnight.
Administration worker Chris Kilkenny, 18, who lives on the ninth floor of the block, described hearing a loud bang as the man collided with the vehicle below.
He said: “The crash sounded like a gunshot. When I looked out he was just lying there.
“He was in a bad state, but I thought I could see him moving.
“There were a couple of people sitting there, waiting for the emergency services to turn up.
“When the police arrived the officers were trying to speak to him, but I’m not sure if he said anything back.
“Then they put a sheet over him and for a minute I thought he was dead, but they were just waiting for the ambulance to arrive. The ambulance staff took him away on a stretcher.
“When I left for work this morning there were CID officers looking around and the place was still cordoned off.”
It is not known whether the man – who is understood to be in a critical condition in hospital – had tried to commit suicide or whether he had accidentally fallen from the balcony.
Yesterday afternoon, a man understood to be the owner of the damaged car said: “I work for the ambulance service so I can’t comment on what’s happened.”
The victim was described by neighbours in Persevere Court as a “normal, quiet guy”.
One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s just awful.
“I heard that he had fallen from the balcony and when I looked out he was lying there and his clothes were all scattered around him – I don’t know if they had to cut them off to give him medical attention.
“You can see from the dents in the car, the force with which he must have hit it.
“The police were everywhere. I’m amazed he managed to survive.”
David Beattie, 48, said: “Just before midnight I heard a thud. He must have been a desperate, tortured man.”
Police Scotland confirmed in a statement they were investigating after a man fell from the seventh floor of Persevere Court in Leith around midnight.
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service declined to comment, saying it was a police matter.