Parents of teenager who died in the fall of amusement trip, sued

The parents of a 14-year-old Missouri boy who fell to his death from a trip to Florida in March have sued the theme park, theme park operators and its manufacturer for negligence, saying there were no seat belts or height and weight restrictions warnings.

Nekia Dodd and Yarnell Sampson, the parents of the teenager, Tire Sampson, filed the lawsuit in district court in Orange County, Florida on Monday. It names ICON Park, the manufacturers of the Free Fall Tour and its seat belts, the owner of the ride and its operators among the defendants.

The trial is seeking a jury trial.

On March 24, Tire, a middle school student, went to ICON Park in Orlando, Fla., During her spring break, the document said. Around 11 p.m., he climbed into the Free Fall ride, which plunges to the ground from 430 feet at more than 75 miles per hour, the lawsuit states.

The trip had an “over-shoulder harness”, but no seat belt, it says. The bull, which was 6 feet 2 inches high and weighed about 380 pounds, was not informed of any weight or height restrictions by the staff and no one was released, the trial said. His weight was “significantly above the weight limit specified in the driving directions,” said one of the attorneys who brought the case, Ben Crump, in a statement.

As the fall tower was about to fall, Tire was “thrown out of his seat and fell at least a hundred feet to his death,” the lawsuit states. The suit says Tire did not receive adequate emergency medical care after the fall.

“Tire was a fourteen-year-old young boy who was an honor-roll student and football player,” the lawsuit states. “Despite his skill on the football field, he was known as a kind-hearted person who cared about others. Tire had a long and prosperous life ahead of him, which was cut off by this tragic event. “

The case says the park failed to train staff to enforce safety measures and operate the trip in a way that avoided “predictable injury and death.” Other allegations include that the park failed to install a secondary restraint and that it had no way of confirming that the restraints were safe.

“This is a cascade of grossly negligent conduct on the part of a complete team of guilty and sophisticated defendants – all willing to sacrifice the simplest security measures to secure for themselves the quickest and greatest possible pay,” said Bob Hilliard, one of the lawyers who represents Tire’s father, said in a statement.

A representative of ICON Park could not be reached. Trevor Arnold, an attorney for the ride’s owner, Orlando Slingshot, said in a statement that the company “continues to cooperate fully with the state during its investigation.”

“We reiterate that all protocols, procedures and safety measures provided by the manufacturer of the trip were followed,” said Mr. Arnold.

A study by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found that adjustments had been made to “the sensor on the seat in question to allow the harness retention opening to be nearly twice the normal retention opening,” said department commissioner Nikki Fried , said at a press conference last week. This adjustment allowed the safety mechanism to work even though the Tire was not secured in the seat, she said.

Tire was a student at City Garden Montessori School in St. Louis. Louis. School leaders said in a statement last month that he was “a beloved and cherished member of our city garden family.”

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