The family of a young boy who died after suffering a serious injury at a rotating restaurant in Atlanta has released a joint statement with the hotel chain that owns the restaurant announcing a settlement. According to the statement, which was released by Marriott Hotels and the family of Charlie Holt, all agree that — contrary to reports at the time of the 2017 accident — the injury was not a result of the child being allowed to wander unsupervised, but occurred as the family was leaving the restaurant and the child’s parents were standing nearby.
The accident occurred at the Sun Dial Restaurant, atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta. At the time the accident occurred, the restaurant featured a rotating floor that has since been removed. The child’s head became entrapped in a five-inch gap between the furniture in the dining area and the wall as the floor rotated. The family’s waiter reportedly jumped a staircase to turn off the floor’s rotation and as many as six people assisted in the effort to free the trapped boy, who lost consciousness after being pulled free. The boy’s father performed CPR on him until the paramedics arrived. The child, who had just turned five less than a month before the accident, was transported to Grady Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.
The settlement, which was for an undisclosed amount, was agreed to by both the Holt Family and Marriott International, Inc., the statement noted. Property owners have the legal responsibility to search out and mitigate hazards that can cause a guest to become injured as Charlie Holt was by a dangerous feature at the restaurant. If you have become injured or have lost a loved one as a result of dangerous property conditions at a place you have visited, contact Cambre & Associates to learn more about your legal options.