Storm victim's family: 'Buildings don't just collapse'

The family of a taxi driver who died when part of a building collapsed onto her car says they "owe it to her" to find out what happened that night. 49-year-old Julie Sillitoe died when storms and high winds hit central London on 14 February.

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Family of woman killed in building collapse 'grieving'

The family of a woman who died when part of a building collapsed onto the car she was driving have spoken of their grief a week on from the incident.

Julie Sillitoe, 49, of north London, died after building masonry fell on top of her car in Holborn. The mother-of-three worked as a mini cab driver.

Julie Sillitoe, 49, of north London. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Her family said in a statement: "We would like to thank the emergency services for their prompt response following the tragic events of Friday, 14 February.

"Our family would also like to offer thanks to the Metropolitan Police Service for their continued support. We as a family are still very much grieving, but take some comfort from the hundreds of kind messages from friends and public.

"Our thoughts are also with the passengers of the vehicle, we wish them a speedy recovery and they are in our thoughts and prayers."

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Woman killed by falling masonry was minicab driver

A woman who was killed when a building collapsed on her car in central London was a minicab driver, police said.

The 49-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, opposite Holborn Underground station.Her passengers, a 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, are being treated in hospital.

Large chunks of masonry fell on to her silver Skoda Octavia at about 11.05pm last night. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

Next of kin have been informed but formal identification has yet to take place.

The male passenger, who was trapped in the car, suffered leg injuries. The female passenger managed to free herself from the rear of the vehicle. Their injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

A fourth person, believed to be a male passer-by, was also injured and taken to hospital, London Ambulance Service (LAS) said.


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Extent of building collapse that left one dead revealed

The building on High Holborn before the storms. Credit: Google Street View

Pictures of the building before and after storms reveal how much of the facade fell on a car in High Holborn in Lodon.

The building on High Holborn after masonry fell during the storm lats night, killing one woman. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

A woman was killed and three others were injured when masonry collapsed. Around 10 people were evacuated from nearby buildings.

The car was crushed when the masonry fell last night. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire
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Police: Front of building collapsed killing woman, 49

A woman died after part of a building collapsed onto the car she was driving, the Met Police said in a statement. Officers were called at 11pm last night to reports of the building collapse on High Holborn, opposite Holborn Tube Station, in central London.

A police cordon in Holborn, central London. Credit: ITV News

Police, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended the scene. A front portion of the building had collapsed onto a Skodia Octavia car, the statement added.

Three people were inside the car. The 49 year old female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed.

The other two occupants were sat in the rear of the car. A 25 year old man and a 24 year old woman have been taken to hospital.

They are not in life threatening conditions. Police said the road remains closed.

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Four injured including one dead in masonry collapse

A spokesperson said London Ambulance spokesperson was called just after 11pm last night to reports of falling masonry in High Holborn, in Central London

The scene in Holbon, central London. Credit: @_fa81an

Paramedics treated four patients, and despite best efforts at trying to resuscitate her - one woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man in his mid-20s was taken to Royal London Hospital with leg injuries.

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Building 'concrete fascia' collapsed on car

London Fire Brigade said the concrete fascia of the building collapsed on to the car, which was in Kingsway. Around 20 firefighters helped with the rescue, freeing the trapped pair from the car.

Part of a building collapsed on a car. Credit: ITV News

A spokesman said: "Another woman travelling in the car managed to get out of the vehicle before the brigade arrived.

"Around 10 people were evacuated from nearby buildings as a precaution."

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