Toddler Dead after Dolphin Statue Topples Over on Fisherman’s Wharf
A tragic accident took the life of a two-year-old boy over the weekend in San Francisco after the boy was injured by a dolphin statue outside an art gallery in Fisherman’s Wharf, according to KTVU news.
About the Dolphin Statue Accident
San Francisco Police told reporters the boy, identified as two-year-old Kayson Shelton, and his family were visiting Fisherman’s Wharf on Friday when the accident happened. Shelton was climbing on a six-foot-tall dolphin statue outside of the Majestic Gallery on Jefferson Street when the statue toppled over and landed on the boy. The family initially left the gallery, but Shelton collapsed just moments later and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.
The Shelton family was on vacation from Utah and has since returned home.
Authorities have obtained surveillance video from Majestic Gallery and are investigating the accident. The gallery was given a citation for having merchandise beyond a blue line on the sidewalks in Fisherman’s Wharf. The line is designed to keep merchandise from impeding foot traffic in the popular tourist area. This is the second time the gallery has been cited for violating that code.
Injuries Caused by Unstable Objects
In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a special report highlighting injuries sustained by unstable televisions, furniture, and appliances. The report noted that from 2000 to 2010, these objects were responsible for 25,300 injuries and 245 fatalities to children under the age of 18. These products can cause serious injuries such as abrasions, lacerations, internal organ injury, and fractures.