Flight display sign falls at Birmingham airport, striking family and killing child.
The FBI's Birmingham Citizens Academy Alumni Association will open a fund for the family of 10-year-old Luke Bresette starting on Monday, March 25, 2013 at all area branches of Cadence Bank.
Bressette died after a sign fell on top of him at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport on Friday.
"I am grateful for these citizens coming together to help this family. This terrible tragedy has deeply saddened us all and I am proud that we have good men and women in this community who will stand in the gap as we wait on answers from the Airport Authority," said Mayor William Bell.
Toni Herrera-Bast, spokesperson for the Birmingham Airport Authority says the incident happened on the northeast side of the building around 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue officials estimate the sign weighs between 300 to 400 pounds and it took several people to lift flight display board off the family.
The mother, Heather Bresette, was transported to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, and the four children were transported to Children's Hospital. Luke Bresette, 10, was pronounced dead Friday afternoon according to the Jefferson County Coroner.
At last check, Heather Bresette suffering from broken ankles and a pelvis and was unconscious. Two of her children were improving and recovering from injuries at Children's of Alabama hospital.
The airport authority is investigating what caused the display to collapse.
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