updated 10/24/2006 10:57:14 PM ET 2006-10-25T02:57:14

A shopping cart that had been hoisted atop a supermarket flagpole by pranksters fell on a store employee and broke her neck.

The cart fell Saturday as the woman untied the rope to raise the flag, as she did every day when she went to work, police Lt. Lisa Perrine said Tuesday.

Shantie Marjal, 62, was hospitalized in serious condition. Police said she had a broken neck and suffered serious head injuries but was not paralyzed.

Police Chief Bernard Melekian urged the pranksters to come forward.

"There is someone who knows who did this, and we want to talk with them. This prank could have been deadly," he said Tuesday. "As it is, it has ruined a woman's life as she knows it."

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