Investigation Launched After Falling Security Door Kills 3-Year- - FOX 35 News Orlando

Investigation Launched After Falling Security Door Kills 3-Year-Old Girl

Posted: Updated:
Wynter Larkin,3, of Yeadon Wynter Larkin,3, of Yeadon

An investigation has been launched into the freak accident that killed 3-year-old Wynter Larkin in Philadelphia's "Brewerytown" section on Saturday.

The heartbreak occurred right outside Rita's Water Ice at 29th Street and Girard Avenue. That's where crime scene investigators were working after the young girl was crushed by a 2,000 pound security door that came to rest on the sidewalk.

The community is still stunned and looking for answers.

“I’ll never forget it, little baby laying down there,” said witness Gregory Boyd.

Boyd returned to the scene on Monday with his own daughter. He witnessed the rescue efforts as onlookers frantically tried to save little Wynter Larkin of Yeadon, Pa.

While neighbors and shop owners struggle to comprehend the loss, their attention has switched to the cause, the contractor who installed it, and the size of the lag bolts holding the gate.

The police and Licenses and Inspections are still investigating all of those aspects.

“The person that put it in knows it supposed to be 6-8 inches, whatever the case was, it was only two and half inches,” said Boyd.

Juliet Askew runs a daycare a few shops down. She says every security gate needs to be looked at in the wake of this accident.

“Make sure all of them are safe now, properly installed,” said Ashkew.

Fox 29’s  Dave Schratwieser spoke with L &I Commissioner Carlton Williams on Monday. He will not comment on weight of the door, size or strength of the lag bolts that held the gate up. L & I says there were no complaints about the gate, and says the upkeep of the gate is the property owners' responsibility.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:23:09 GMT
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:42:38 GMT
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
  • September Sizzle

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:49 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    Tuesday (91/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

     

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday.

    Tuesday (91/72): Clouds/Storm

     

    Wednesday (90/74): Sun/Clouds

     

    Thursday (89/67): Sunny/Hot

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices