Tire Sampson’s parents file lawsuit in fatal amusement park disaster

Tire Sampson, 14, died after falling from a tower at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida on March 24. His parents filed a civil suit wrongful death lawsuit Monday.

Nicole “Nikki’ Fried, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, recently announced the findings of a forensic engineer’s field investigation report into the Incident of March 24 who killed Tire Sampson of St. Louis, Missouri.

According to ABC NewsTire Sampson’s father, Yarnell Sampson, filed a lawsuit in the 9th Circuit Court in Orange County, Florida, accusing ICON Park in Orlando and other defendants, including the manufacturer and operator of the ride in FreeFall thrills, negligence.

“Tyre had a long and prosperous life ahead of him which was cut short by this tragic event,” the lawsuit states.

the the lawsuit also alleges ride operators should have known that riders could be “subjected to unreasonably dangerous and foreseeable risks, and that serious injury and death to ride occupants could result.”

The Quest Engineering & Failure Analysis, Inc. report states that manual manipulations were made to the seat Sampson was sitting in to allow the harness restraint opening to be loosened, apparently to accommodate the older teen. of 300 lbs.

Fried said the harness restraint opening was “almost double that of a normal restraint opening range.”

According to ABC News, officials recently listed operator error as the alleged primary cause of death for Sampson, who slipped from his seat during the drop tower ride and fell more than 100 feet onto the pavement.

Orlando Slingshot releases a statement.

“Orlando Slingshot continues to cooperate fully with the state during its investigation, and we will continue to do so until it is formally concluded,” Trevor Arnold, attorney for Orlando Slingshot, said in a statement to ABC News. . “We reiterate that all protocols, procedures and safety measures provided by the amusement ride manufacturer were followed. We look forward to working with the Florida Legislature to implement changes in the industry and also support the concepts outlined by State Representative Geraldine Thompson to make changes to state law by through the “Tyre Sampson Bill” to avoid a tragic accident like this. never happen again.

Tire Sampson died a preventable death according to relatives.

Click Orlando reports that the lawsuit says there were no seat belts available on the ride, which would have cost Orlando FreeFall operators $22 per seat for a total of $660 for all seats. He also claims that the manufacturer and operator of the amusement ride should have ensured:

  • There were visible warnings for runners regarding height and weight restrictions.

  • The ride could not have operated if all passengers were not properly secured.

  • No one should have been able to manipulate or adjust the proximity sensors.

  • A monitoring system should have been installed to ensure that all driver restraints were properly secured.

  • A mechanism should have been installed to stop the ride if a restraint device was not properly secured.

Sampson’s parents are scheduled to hold a press conference with their lawyers on Tuesday to discuss their legal actions.

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