Newly-engaged woman hit by falling bricks in east London dies in hospital

A young mother has lost her fight for life two days after being hit by a falling pallet of bricks while on the school run in east London.

Newly-engaged Michaela Boor, 29, was hit by bricks that fell from a 100ft crane in Mile End, on Tuesday afternoon.

She was hit by a pallet of bricks that fell from the crane several storeys above ground on a construction site.

Members of the public and site workers rushed to give her first aid after the incident before she was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

The aftermath of the accident in Mile End

Police today confirmed that she had lost her fight for life in hospital.

Police said in a statement: “A 29-year-old woman who was critically injured after being struck by falling debris in Tower Hamlets has died.

“The woman died in hospital at 10:40hrs on Thursday, 29 March. Her next of kin have been informed.”

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the incident.

Ms Boor announced on Facebook on March 17 that she was engaged.

The crane was being operated at Bow Corner, a development of flats by Higgins.

Richard Higgins, Chairman of Higgins Homes, said in a statement: “It is with great sadness and distress that we learned of the death of Michaela Boor. We are continuing to co-operate fully with the ongoing police and Health & Safety Executive investigation.

“Our thoughts remain with Michaela’s family and friends at this exceptionally sad time.”

Friends yesterday demanded answers as to how she was hit. A friend of the woman said: “Her family are devastated, we all are.

“We had seen pallets of bricks wobbling up there, it was just not safe. It could have been any of us. The family and all of us want answers.

A vicar told how she said prayers next to her as she was being treated at the scene.

Vicar Bernadette Hegarty of St Paul’s Church Bow Common, said she said prayers next to the woman as she lay injured. She said: “I sat and prayed with her as paramedics fought to bring her back (to life).

“I did not see the accident but went over to comfort her after I heard what had happened.”

The vicar, whose church is opposite the building site and attached to the school which the woman’s son attends, said the woman was a popular member of the close knit local community.

She added: “I know her to say hello to, she is a well liked member of the community. We are in deep shock as are the workers from the building site.”

A crowdfunding page set up by her father’s employers to help raise money for the woman’s family has already raised hundreds of pounds.

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