The young woman who was crushed to death when a 13-feet high concrete window frame fell on her as she walked past was named this afternoon.
Shoppers watched in horror as Amanda Telfer was fatally injured as she ate a banana while passing by a construction site on Hanover Square, off Oxford Street in central London last Thursday evening.
Poignant floral tributes were left for Ms Telfer, including one with a note saying 'sorry we couldn't save you', just metres from where the giant frame that killed her lay for several days.
The frame was so heavy that it took ten people to lift it off her, witnesses said.
Police are working alongside the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to try to establish what happened, while a post-mortem was carried out on Saturday.
The emergency call was made by a man delivering electrical cables to the area. He said that the woman was 'flattened', and that he thought he saw her 'draw her last breath'.
The 999 operator told him to get closer and probably saw the moment she died.
'Her eyes were open and I saw her hand move and then I think I saw her last breath and then the light went out: she'd gone,' he said.
'You'd have more chance of winning the lottery than that happening to you.
'She was in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time.'
Witnesses claimed the ‘very heavy’ window had been left ‘propped’ on a wall on the ground floor, and that barriers guarding the building site had recently been removed.
The accident happened at 11.30am in Mayfair’s Hanover Square, which houses some of London’s most expensive offices.
An art gallery is on the ground floor and the Vogue building, the headquarters of publisher Conde Nast, is opposite.
Dario Motti, 65, said the 12ft-high frame had been propped up against a wall before it fell on the woman. ‘I saw the frames delivered,’ he added. ‘They were so heavy they were lifted in by crane.’
‘The next thing they saw was this window frame falling down on her. She didn’t scream – it happened so quickly.’
A man delivering electrical cables to another building, who did not want to be named, said that it had taken ten people to lift the frame off the woman.
‘I heard this incredible loud bang,’ he said. ‘I turned round and the frame was on the ground. I was hoping it was a coat underneath – but then I saw an arm.
‘There was a woman who said she was a doctor who wanted to perform CPR, and somebody was giving her mouth-to-mouth.
‘Her eyes were open and I saw her hand move and then I saw her last breath, and then the light went out – she’d gone. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
She said: ‘She was very young and slight. I’ve got two daughters, one younger and one older than this woman. I was in bits. If it had been my daughter I would have wanted someone with her.’
A spokesman for Westgreen Construction Ltd, of Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, which is managing the building project, said: ‘We will do whatever is necessary. This is a terrible accident.’
The woman’s body, which had been covered by a yellow police tent, was removed by a private ambulance at 6.45pm.