Girl killed by a tree trunk in London last month, Alexia Walenkaki, yet to be buried


The five year-old school girl, Alexia Walenkaki who was tragically killed by a tree trunk at a park in Mile End London while playing on 17th of July is yet to be buried.

Alexia was said to have sustained a fatal head injuries when the tree trunk, which was holding a rope swing, snapped and hit her but before the arrival of paramedics, she suffered a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the Royal London Hospital.

Her mother, Mrs. Vida Kwotuah , who was physically present at the scene of the accident, however, lamented that tests on her child have been delayed, which invariably is delaying the burial of the girl.

On this fateful day when the tree trunk killed Alexia, efforts made by her mother and others to revive the girl proved abortive as she gave up the ghost.

Mrs. Kwotuah who expressed the agony she is going through because of the delay of her daughter’s funeral also criticised the Tower Hamlets council, claiming she had no contact from it until two weeks after the incident, when Mayor John Biggs visited the family home.

According to London Evening Standard at the weekend, the woman said: “We heard nothing from the council, not a phone call, not a letter, not even a card expressing their sympathies. I understand there was an inquiry going on, but a little girl died in their park and we heard nothing.”

She claimed the visit by Mr Biggs was only prompted after one of her friends phoned the council.

An investigation into the death is being carried out by police and the Health and Safety Executive. A post-mortem will take place at Great Ormond Street Hospital and a jury inquest will start at St Pancras coroner’s court in April.

Mrs. Kwotuah told the Evening Standard that:”We have not been able to lay Alexia to rest because they are still carrying out tests. I understand this needs to happen, but first they said it would be done by August 14, then they said August 18 and 19, but we have not heard anything. It’s painful. We know she died from severe head injuries so I’m not sure why they have to drag things out like this.”

The Evening Standard reported the Mayor of  Tower Hamlets, John Biggs as saying:                “This is a terrible time for the family. I have visited Mrs. Kwotuah to express my personal condolences and my assistance. The council will do all it can to support the family. No stone will be left unturned but we have to follow the proper investigative procedures.”

Alexia who loved to be playing in the park was said to have died on the day she visited the park with friends in prelude to her sixth birthday.





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