2-Year-Old Girl Killed at Orland Square Mall When Retail Fixture Collapses, Causing Head Trauma

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A 2-year-old girl was killed after something, possibly a fixture, fell on her head at Orland Square Mall.

Orland Park police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl at Orland Square Mall. The girl was with her aunt at the AKIRA store about 2:00 p.m. Tuesday August 27, 2019 when some type of retail fixture — possibly shelving — collapsed and struck the 3-year-old girl in head.

The entrance to the AKIRA store on the first floor was blocked off as the entire store was closed the remainder of the day Tuesday. A doctor and nurse, who were shopping in the mall and happened to be near the scene, responded to help the girl before paramedics arrived.

Paramedics transported the 2-year-old girl to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where she was pronounced dead. A death investigation is underway and an autopsy is scheduled.

“We are devastated by this tragic event. We are working to collect all the information.”

— Eric Hsueh, Akira co-owner

AKIRA is a women’s fashion retail chain for designer brand dresses, knitwear & denim, shoes & accessories that opened in 2002 in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. As of August 2019 there are at least 29 AKIRA stores, and an online shopping store. AKIRA is owned by Eric Hsueh, Erikka Wang, Sarah Hughes, and Gordon Liao.

The 2-year-old girl was struck by a display structure at the Akira store at the Orland Square Mall and later died.

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