Boy dies at suburban Chicago hotel after granite tabletop falls on his head

Boy dies at suburban Chicago hotel after granite tabletop falls on his head


A five-year-old boy died in a hotel outside of Chicago last week when a granite tabletop fell on him during a wedding reception.

Luca Berlingerio, of Glenview, Illinois, was killed during the tragic accident while he was with his family at the Drake Hotel in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook on Sept. 4, according to the Oak Brook Police Department.

Police said 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.

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As Berlingerio tried to slide off the table, he grabbed its edge to stabilize himself. But 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.

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