A door kills a girl after it crashes down on her during a fundraiser event in Philadelphia. The Guardian reports June 29 that 3-year-old Wynter Larkin got trapped underneath the metal gate at Rita’s Water Ice; she was with her mother at the charitable function on Saturday.
The girl was admitted at Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead just after 5 p.m.
About 20 or 30 men lifted the door off the young girl, who appeared lifeless after struck her, a witness says. They tried resuscitating her, but she never regained consciousness.
It turns out there were no open violations against Rita’s Ice Shop, according to Carlton Williams, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Williams says:
“The Department of Licenses and Inspections will only inspect these gates upon report of a complaint of an apparent defect.”
He adds that property owners are solely responsible for maintenance and security of doors and gates. Police inspector Christine Coulter explains that a large-scale investigation will spread to other buildings on the block concerning security gates. So far, this appears to one “horrible tragedy,” Coulter says.
NY Post reports that a woman who lives across the street from Rita’s — Alison Brady — says some stucco work had recently been done to the store. She noticed the heavy door fall on the 3-year-old. She says:
“It was almost like slow motion. The gate was falling and people were screaming and it hit the ground and the little girl was there.”
Spokeswoman of Rita’s Italian Ice, Linda Duke, issues this statement after the door killed the girl:
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the child’s family. Due to the current investigation we really cannot comment about the unfortunate incident.”
Heavy objects like a security structure kills someone if they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is especially true for a small child. The investigation will be aggressively conducted in this case, going by numerous reports. Hopefully they learn why the door killed the girl the way that it did.