Woman Killed in Wolverhampton Named

Tahnie Martin (Picture: Facebook)

A woman who died after being hit by debris blown off a building during Storm Doris has been named as Tahnie Martin from Stafford.

The 29-year-old, who worked at Wolverhampton University, was walking along Dudley Street with colleagues when a large piece of wood, thought to be from a building roof, flew off a building. 

She sustained serious head injuries and died at the scene. The area was cordoned off by police while ambulance crews, including medics from the Midlands Air Ambulance, tried to save her.

Miss Martin was a marketing manager at Wolverhampton University's Faculty of Arts and had held the position since last August, according to her Facebook page.

In a statement, the university's Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer said: "We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss. During Tahnie’s short time at the university, she made a real impact both in a professional and personal capacity.

“She became a very popular member of the team and was highly valued.”

Police are now working with Wolverhampton City Council and the Health and Safety Executive to establish the exact cause of what happened and to identify precisely where the debris came from, while an investigation has also begun as to whether a prosecution should be brought against the building owners.

A statement from West Midlands Police said: “We are still trying to ascertain who the building belongs to and whether there is any criminal liability.

“This is a deeply tragic incident and our thoughts remain with Miss Martin’s family. We would ask that their privacy is respected in their time of grief.”


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