The family of a five-year-old boy from Charlotte, who died injured in a revolving restaurant in Atlanta, has reached a secret settlement agreement with the hotel company that owns it.
Marriott International issued a joint statement with the family on Wednesday — the 4th anniversary of Charlie Holt’s death — confirming the deal. In it, Charlie and his family left the Sandial restaurant in 2017, when the accident happened, they said.
“Charlie’s parents, sundial employees, and bystanders did everything they could to save Charlie,” the joint statement said. “Unfortunately, Charlie suffered a serious brain injury and later died as a result of those injuries. The parties agreed to resolve the issue and avoid further proceedings. The terms of the settlement are strict. Has a duty of confidentiality. “
His parents Michael and Rebeccaholt also issued another statement.
“Our family never recovers from Charlie’s loss,” they said. “In fact, we’ve been struggling for months on whether to issue this joint statement. Being under the microscope of the world is horrifying, and the idea of regaining it is completely cured. It was like reopening a wound that didn’t. “
Charlie died on April 14, 2017, after his head got stuck in the gap between the restaurant’s rotating floor wooden booth and the fixed wall. Proceedings filed by his parents Against Marriott and several others in November 2017.
The proceedings said Marriott knew that the rotation mechanism was a long-standing danger.
The witness was said by the waiter, according to a report by the Charlotte Observer at the time. Had to jump the stairs Turn off the rotator — but it was too late.
“I literally tore the booth by hand, but I couldn’t release Charlie,” said Michael Holt. 2017 proceedings.
Rebecca Holt, holding Charlie’s two-year-old sister at the time, became “absolutely hysterical” and “sometimes had to be restrained,” their lawyer said. It allegedly took a few minutes for Charlie to have enough booths to glide freely.
He died in the hospital later that day.
Charlie’s family was visiting Atlanta from Charlotte when they went to the Sundial on the top floor of The Westin Peachtree Plaza for lunch. According to the website, the restaurant offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline.But that is No longer rotates, WSBTV reported.
In a proceeding, Mr. Holtz said in a proceeding that after Charlie’s death, a “false story” that they somehow showed negligence was disseminated in the media, and Marriott “did not do anything to correct the false information.” Stated.
The company responded to these allegations in a statement Wednesday.
“Several initial reports suggested that the child’s parents were responsible for Charlie’s wandering away from the family and that the parents were not wary of monitoring their son,” the statement said. I will. “After a thorough investigation, all sides can confidently say that these first reports were wrong. Both sides agree that Charlie wasn’t wandering. Charlie and his family I was leaving the restaurant after finishing the meal, and my parents were near Charlie when they left. “
Holtz said he wanted the children to know that they “did nothing wrong that day.”
“One day, when they google for their brothers, they need to be able to find the truth hidden in the lies and commentary of the press and police officers who have never asked or received our statement. Yes, “said Michael and Rebeccaholt. “We owe it to Charlie to make sure the world knows the truth, and to make sure that safety measures are taken to prevent this from happening again, thanks to all the families. is.”
Both statements provided by Holt’s lawyer are fully posted below.
Join the Marriott and Holt family statements.
“On April 14, 2017, Charlie Holt was seriously injured at the Sun Dial Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. There were conflicting media reports about this tragedy. In some initial reports, Charlie said he was. Wandering from the family of the child suggested that the child’s parents were responsible and his parents were not wary of monitoring their son. After a thorough investigation, all sides were confident. It can be said that these first reports were wrong.
“Both sides agree that Charlie wasn’t wandering. Charlie and his family were leaving the restaurant after finishing their meal, and their parents were near Charlie when they were leaving. When the accident happened, Charlie’s parents, Sundial employees and bystanders did everything they could to save Charlie. Unfortunately, Charlie suffered a serious brain injury and later those. Died as a result of injury. Both parties agreed to resolve the issue and avoid further proceedings. The terms of the settlement are confidential. This statement was approved by both Holt Family and Marriott International Inc. It has been.”
Statement by Michael and Rebeccaholt:
“Our family never recovers from Charlie’s loss. In fact, we’ve been struggling for months on whether to issue this joint statement. Being under the microscope of the world is horrifying and The idea of regaining it was like reopening a wound that did not heal completely.
“But we remembered the purpose of this statement, so Charlie’s brothers know that their brothers and parents did nothing wrong that day. One day they did them. When searching for brothers on Google, they need to be able to find the truth hidden in the lies and commentary of the media and police officers who have never asked or received our statement. It’s thanks to Charlie to make sure he knows, and it’s to all his siblings to make sure that safety measures are in place to prevent this from happening again. “