18-year-old hit by pergola, killed in Eilat hotel

Initial investigation: 5 friends were sitting poolside at Meridian Hotel when metal structure collapsed; police investigating.

Eilat 311 (photo credit: BiblePlaces.com)
Eilat 311
(photo credit: BiblePlaces.com)
An 18-year-old from Kiryat Malahi was killed at an Eilat hotel Tuesday afternoon, when he was struck in the head by a metal pergola.
An initial investigation suggested that five friends were sitting poolside at the city's Meridian Hotel when the metal structure collapsed on top of them from a nearby balcony.
Police said that the casualty was extracted by firefighters shortly before being pronounced dead by Magen David Adom paramedics.
Firefighters said they did not yet know why the structure had collapsed.
Police opened an investigation into the incident.