A grandma has died after she was run over by a forklift in the car park of a hotel.
Susan Brock, 62, was tragically struck on Monday afternoon (February 13) at the Beach Haven Motel in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, where she was living at the time, the area's Public Safety Director Chief Mike Fowler said.
Brock had been walking through the car park when she was hit at around 1:45pm local time.
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She was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.
“This was a tragic accident, and we will conduct a full investigation to determine what led to it,” Chief Fowler said, adding that the driver had not seen Brock before hitting her.
Meanwhile Brock’s grandson, Shawn Brock, told local news outlet WKMG-TV that he had unanswered questions about the incident and that he was determined to learn the truth.
"How did she not move out of the way of it?" he said.
"Did she not hear it? Did she try to move out of the way?"
The driver is cooperating with investigators and OSHA has been notified, officials said.
At the time of the incident, the forklift truck had been delivering roofing materials to repair damages to the hotel after it was battered by Hurricane Ian, which decimated the USA's southeastern coast in September last year.
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The hurricane started on September 23, 2022 and lasted until October 2 of the same year.
A whopping 149 people lost their lives to the storm in Florida alone, making it the deadliest hurricane the Sunshine State had seen since 1935.
A further five people lost their lives in Cuba, five died in North Carolina and one was killed in Virginia.
Damages caused by the storm are estimated to have cost the US an eye-watering $67.2 to $113billion (around £55.7 – £93.8bn), making it the third-most expensive natural disaster on record.
Speaking in the aftermath of the storm, governor of Florida Ron DeSantis said: "The storm surge you saw through here met the expectations, the highest expectations and you’ve seen what significant damage that can do.
"I’m just thankful that everyone’s banded together. We’ve got a lot of work to do here.
"But I’ll tell you, the spirit of the people of this state and southwest Florida has been phenomenal."
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