Tourist, 27, dies after being hit by falling window shutter

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A 27-year-old Italian tourist has been killed in France after she was hit by a falling shutter while going to a restaurant with a friend.

Carlotta Grippaldi, from Turin, died after she was hit by the window shutter while walking on Grande Rue street in the old town part of Briancon, in south-eastern France, on August 13.

Carlotta, who was on holiday, had been leaving a restaurant with a group of friends in the historic town centre, according to Italian media.

But she was reportedly hit by a shutter that detached and fell from the second floor of a building just as she was passing by below.

Tourist Carlotta Grippaldi
Tourist Carlotta Grippaldi died after she was hit by the window shutter. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

She was given medical attention at the scene but died in an ambulance while being rushed to the Briancon hospital, according to French media.

Carlotta reportedly had a degree in economics and business from the University of Turin, as well as a master's degree in marketing and digital management and was passionate about the mountains.

In 2019, she studied to become a skiing instructor, according to Italian media, who have reported that she worked in the touring area.

The local prosecutor's office has opened an investigation for involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life of others, according to French media.

The police investigation into the young woman's death is ongoing.

Tourist falls to his death as wife watches

The young woman's death comes after an elderly tourist fell to his death after the drawbridge he was walking on suddenly opened.

Richard Dujardin, 77, was about halfway across the bridge in Wisconsin on Monday when it began to rise.

His wife Rosemarie was already on the other side and he rushed to catch up with her but “was not fast enough.”


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