Falling store mirror causes child’s death
Posted: June 20, 2013
Posted in: Personal Injury Public Liability Shop Accidents
A young boy has died after a mirror fell in designer clothing shop ‘Hugo Boss’. Four-year-old Austen Harrison suffered severe head injuries, which caused his death in hospital on the 8th of June after shopping with family at the Bicester Village fashion outlet in Oxford. Described by relatives as being a “bright and vibrant boy”, he died four days after the store accident at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Thames Valley Police are investigating the death alongside help from the Cherwell District Council, which are assisting with health and safety related aspects of the investigation. A post-mortem examination is to be carried out this week and an inquest was opened on Wednesday. Thames Valley Police are urging any witnesses to come forward to assist the case.
Hugo Boss is ‘devastated’
Due to this horrific incident, Hugo Boss has cancelled a major event. Hugo Boss was due to hold a party in London to celebrate its London Collection: Men at the National Theatre. However, the fashion label has granted the event “inappropriate” to host so soon after the death of Austen Harrison.
One family member described Austen in the following way: “His energy and creativity will be missed every day by all who met him and by those who did not have the privilege to meet him”. Not only do family and friends mourn the death of Austen, but a Hugo Boss spokesman has informed press that the entirety of the Hugo Boss company are “devastated” by the loss. However, Hugo Boss is refusing to give any information regarding the size of the mirror and whether or not it fell from a height – the matter is now under investigation.
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