The tragic incident happened Friday night as Charlie Holt and his parents were eating lunch at the Sun Dial, a 73-story restaurant at the top of Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel that rotates 360-degrees.
According to police, the boy wandered about five feet from his parents’ table when he got stuck between a rotating portion of the floor and a wall, a space of only about 4 to 5 inches.
“His whole body was caught between four to five inches of space.” Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said. “His head took the brunt of the injury.”
The floor automatically cut off and staff, along with patrons at the restaurant, immediately tried everything they could to save Charlie.
“The amount of people who were helping was amazing,” Pickard said. “They were moving furniture, they were pulling chairs — chairs that were bolted to the floor — they were pulling them up to try to get the child out.”
First-responders were on the scene within minutes, but Charlie was already unresponsive. He would be pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.
George Reed, the hotel manager, said the hotel will continue working with authorities during their investigation.
“As soon as we learned of the accident, we immediately responded until emergency personnel arrived. We are working with the authorities as they look into this tragic accident and we will continue to assist them in any way we can. Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts remain with the family.“
What an absolute nightmare, yeah? If I had seen this happen to one of my kids I think I would’ve gone instantly insane.Tags: Accident, Charlie Holt, Crime, crush, Georgia, restaurant, Sun Dial, Westin