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Door kills girl: Metal security grate falls, young girl dies despite public aid

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A door kills a girl after a metal security grate suddenly collapsed from its holdings and fell on top of the 3-year-old child. The horrific incident occurred at an Italian Ice store in Philadelphia; a number of public witnesses who tried to aid the girl were unable to rescue her, despite their best attempts. The CS Monitor shares the sad details surrounding this freak accident this June 30, 2014.

Wynter Larkin is the name of the 3-year-old girl killed by a door releasing from a faulty Italian Ice venue’s facade. Local police officials are still conducting an investigation into how the metal security grate might have disengaged from its fastening and fell on top of the young child, killing her. While visiting the shop in question — Rita’s Water Ice — with her mother during a fundraising event, she became trapped underneath the collapsed “door,” said witnesses.

A number of fraternity members — the fundraising event was for Omega Psi Phi — immediately ran out to help 3-year-old Wynter Larkin who had become ensnared underneath the metal grate. Despite their aid and administering CPR, the “damage was done,” noted police officials in their accident report. The girl was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital. Upon her entry, she was declared to be dead.

"It took about 20 to 30 men to get that awning off of the baby," witness Tracey Stanford told KYW-TV. "When they finally got it up off of her, she was just lying there, lifeless."

News Max describes the tragic door kills girl accident nothing less than a tragedy. The commissioner for the Department of Licenses and Inspections has a team of experts looking at the faulty security grate. However, he mentioned in a statement that initial inspection of the facade’s gate did not reveal any immediate violations. In addition, no incidents with the metal door had been reported in the past.

"The Department of Licenses and Inspections will only inspect these gates upon report of a complaint of an apparent defect," Williams added.

He did mention that it is the responsibility of business owners, including the owner of Rita’s Italian Ice shop, who must verify that their property is properly equipped, checked via public inspection, and safe for incoming customers. However, a police inspector has stated that a full examination into a number of older buildings on the Philadelphia is going to be checked to maintain safety standards.

The inspector said this is likely an isolated case, however, and despite the public’s best attempts to help the poor girl trapped and killed by a door, it remains a “horrible tragedy.” No comment or further information from the local medical examiner’s office has been provided at this time following Sunday’s accident. Thoughts and prayers go out to the 3-year-old’s friends, family, and other loved ones.

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