Boy, Age 5, Dies When Sofa Table Strikes Head at Wedding Reception at a Hotel in Oak Brook

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A 5-year-old boy from north suburban Glenview, Illinois died Friday, September 4, 2020 from a traumatic head injury at a wedding reception at the Drake Hotel, 2301 York Road in Oak Brook.

Oak Brook police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:00 pm. Friday, September 4, 2020 to a report of an unresponsive 5-year-old male at the Drake Hotel 2301 York Road in Oak Brook. Family members found the boy unresponsive and called 9-1-1.

Oak Brook police, firefighter/paramedics and an emergency medicine physician attending the wedding reception performed CPR on the boy. Oak Brook Fire Department paramedics transported the 5-year-old boy to Elmhurst Hospital Edward-Elmhurst Health where he was pronounced dead.

“Our team is heartbroken about this terrible accident. We wish to share our condolences with the family and friends affected. To respect their privacy, we aren’t able to share the specifics of the incident.”

— Drake Hotel statement

Police said a preliminary investigation with review of security video from the hotel indicated the boy was lying perpendicular across a sofa table directly behind a sofa in an open area where other children at the wedding reception were sitting.

As the children were getting up and leaving the area, the boy began to slide off the sofa table, which consisted of a granite top. The boy held the edge with his fingers to slow his descent as he slid backwards, but as he got off the table, the table fell and struck the boy’s head.

On Thursday, September 10, 2020 DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen released the identity of the boy as Luca Berlingerio of Glenview.

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