The British coroner ruled that concrete and metal barriers around the edge of the carpark – which were 90 centimeters high – did not meet safety standards, and were built too close to the edge.
Linda Al-Selmie was in her BMW X6 when she accidentally reversed her car off the sixth floor of the carpark.
Al-Selmie, who grew up in Darlington in the northeast of England and later lived in Manchester before moving to Abu Dhabi with husband Wajhi Al-Selmie, died at the scene from multiple injuries.
Senior coroner Crispin Oliver at Crook in County Durham said: “The barrier at the edge of the building was 16.68cm too short and should have been 110cm further from the edge.”
A criminal investigation is now underway in the UAE top probe Al-Semie’s death.
“I have received evidence from Abu Dhabi police’s forensic evidence department, on behalf of the attorney general in respect of the barrier and a matrix report into the strength of the barrier, which I understand Mr.Wajhi Al-Selmie believes to be unsatisfactory,” Oliver was quoted by Mirror as saying.