The family of a young boy who was killed at a popular rotating restaurant in Atlanta has released a picture of the five-year-old. Charlie Holt suffered a severe head injury on Friday when he got stuck between the table, which was rotating, and the wall at the Sun Dial restaurant on the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.
Charlie was visiting with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina when they stopped to have lunch at the venue which offers spectacular views from the top floor. The Sun Dial spins slowly to offer 360 degree views of the city’s skyline and surrounding countryside and it appears the youngster became lodged between a fixed wall and a table that was moving.
The statement issued by a family spokesperson read: ‘The family asks for prayers and privacy right now to come to terms with this tragedy. ‘No words can express their loss. If you have a loved one, please give them an extra hug today.’
The family was the last customers in the restaurant when the boy wandered away from his parents to have a look at the views for himself, WSBTV reported. The hotel’s security staff and employees scrambled to pull the boy out after realizing he was stuck in the narrow five inches of space between the wall and table.
‘His whole body was caught in between maybe 4 or 5 inches of space and his head took the brunt of the injury,’ police said to, WXIA. ‘It crushed his little small body.’
‘A number of people who were helping was amazing,’ a spokesman for the hotel 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.’
They were eventually able to free him, but unfortunately, it was too late. Although the moving floor immediately stopped, Charlie suffered severe head trauma. He was taken to Grady Hospital after the incident around 3.30pm and was later pronounced dead.