Italian girl, seven, is crushed to death when 440lb marble statue falls on her at German hotel while on holiday with her parents
- Lavinia Trematerra, from Naples, was playing in a hotel courtyard on Friday
- It was then that the huge statue somehow tipped over on top of her
- People rushed to her aid and were able to lift the 4.6ft-tall statue off the girl
- She was rushed to a local hospital, but succumbed to her severe injuries
- Munich police have launched an investigation into the incident
A seven-year-old Italian girl was crushed to death by a 440lb marble statue on Friday while she was on holiday in Germany with her parents.
Lavinia Trematerra from Naples, south-western Italy, was playing in the hotel courtyard with a boy when the unfixed statue toppled on top of her from the pedestal it had been perched on for around 20 years.
The tragic accident took place in Munich, south-western Germany, on Friday at around 7.30pm. She was crushed by the statue in full view of her father, reports said.
Seven-year-old Lavinia Trematerra (pictured) from Naples, south-western Italy, was playing in the hotel courtyard with another boy when the unfixed statue toppled on top of her from the pedestal it had been perched on for around 20 years
Three people in the hotel heard Lavinia’s screams, ran to her aid, and lifted the statue off her. Paramedics arrived on the scene in Munich’s Isarvorstadt district and tried to resuscitate the youngster while taking her to a local hospital.
But sadly, almost two hours later, Lavinia succumbed to her severe injuries.
Munich Police, who have launched an investigation, said the statue weighed around 200 kilogrammes (441 lbs) and was 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) high.
According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, the statue was positioned on a concrete slab measuring 40 by 40 centimetres (1.3ft by 1.3ft).
Just hours after the accident, her mother, lawyer Valentina Poggi, wrote on social media: ‘You are and will always be our angel. Rest in peace, love of our lives.’
Her father Michele Trematerra, also a lawyer, wrote: ‘Our life has changed.’
Police are investigating the incident and will probe claims that Lavinia may have climbed onto the statue before it fell on top of her.
‘On Friday, 26 August, 2022, at around 7.30pm, a child from Italy who was on vacation with her parents was in a courtyard of a Munich hotel,’ Munich police said.
According to Italy24News , the family was set to leave Germany that day and fly home to Naples from across the German-Austrian border in Vienna
‘For reasons that are still unclear, a stone statue weighing around 200kg fell over and seriously injured the child.
‘A scream made several people aware of the situation and they were able to free the child. An emergency call was then made.
‘The child was taken to a Munich hospital by ambulance, where she later succumbed to her injuries,’ the Munich police force added.
A police spokesperson on Sunday said: ‘According to the current status, we tend to rule out intentional action.’
According to Italy24News, the family was set to leave Germany that day and fly home to Naples from across the German-Austrian border in Vienna. The Italian news outlet called on those responsible to held to account for Lavinia’s death.