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Menards customer killed by falling tiles

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Richard Colletti with his wife in a Facebook photo Richard Colletti with his wife in a Facebook photo
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) - Chesterfield Township police say a customer died Saturday after a pallet of ceramic tiles fell on top of him. The victim is identified as Richard V. Colletti, 38, of Clinton Township.

Click on the video player to watch Randy Wimbley's report.

Police say Colletti was shopping at the store with his wife around 10:30 a.m. Saturday when a pallet of ceramic tiles fell from an upper storage rack, crushing him. The tiles weighed at least 600 pounds and fell about 15 feet. Colletti was taken to McLaren Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The incident is under investigation by the Chesterfield Township Police Department. They tell us it's too early to determine whether the accident stemmed from negligence. It's not the first time a Menards customer was injured. In 2009, two shoppers sued the hardware store company after they were injured in Indiana. There are other documented cases of items falling an injuring people.

A manager at the Chesterfield Township store declined to comment; no one at the company's corporate headquarters was available. Police say store managers and the employees involved are cooperating with investigators. According to Colletti's Facebook page he and his wife have a young son. He also recently underwent heart surgery.

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