Girl Killed When Stone Fence Falls On Her During Walk
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NBC New York reports that a girl was killed when a stone fence fell on her in Brooklyn.
The incident happened on Thursday as the girl and her mother walked in front of the house.
5-year-old Alysson Pinto-Chaumana was walking with her mom on Harmon Street, located in Bushwick, just before 11 a.m. They came upon the stone fence, which authorities described as a row of pillars with a shelf on top than a traditional fence.
The child was pulling on the fence and continued to do so, until parts of the fence came loose and fell on her, knocking her to the ground. The girl suffered from severe head trauma.
A neighbor heard the crash and the mother screaming, so he rushed outside to help. A nearby ambulance was flagged down and the child was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The Department of Buildings was called to the scene to investigate. It determined that granite fence, which was ornamental, toppled over on top of the girl. The agency issued a violation to the property owner for failing to maintain the fence. The agency also ordered the homeowner to dismantle and remove the fence, which it considered a hazard.
The sidewalk in front of the property has been closed off until the fence is removed.