A five-year-old boy’s life was cut short last week in a hotel outside Chicago when a granite tabletop fell on him during a wedding reception.
Luca Berlingerio, of Glenview, Illinois, and his family were attending a wedding at the Drake Hotel in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook on Sept. 4 when he was killed during the tragic accident.
The police stated the surveillance video from the hotel shows Berlingerio lying across a table with a granite top, which was positioned against the back of a sofa where other children were playing at the time.
It was unfortunate that as the five-year-old tried to slide off the table he laid his hands pon its edge to balance himself, however, as he descended, the stone tabletop fell on his head, according to police.
Berlingerio suffered severe head injuries and was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Our team is heartbroken about this terrible accident,” said Lee Hoener, Drake Hotel’s general manager, in a statement. “We wish to share our condolences with the family and friends affected. To respect their privacy, we aren’t able to share the specifics of the incident.”
A GoFundMe was launched to support the child’s mother, Simone Berlingerio. The site has set a goal to raise $10,000 for the family and has collected more than $8,690 over two days.