Parents of 14-Year-Old Missouri Boy Who Died After Fall from Florida Amusement Park Ride File Lawsuit

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

Nekia Dodd and Yarnell Sampson, the parents of the teenager, Tyre Sampson, filed the lawsuit on Monday in circuit court in Orange County, Fla. It names ICON Park, the manufacturers of the Free Fall ride and its safety harnesses, the ride’s owner and its operators among the defendants.

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The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial.

On March 24, Tyre, a middle school student, went to ICON Park in Orlando, Fla., during his spring break, the document says. At about 11 p.m., he climbed into the Free Fall ride, which plummets to the ground from 430 feet at more than 75 miles per hour, the lawsuit says.

The ride had an “over-the-shoulder harness” but no seatbelt, it says. Tyre, who was 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed about 380 pounds, was not advised about any weight or height restrictions by employees, and none were posted, the lawsuit says. His weight was “significantly over the weight restriction listed in the ride’s manual,” one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit, Ben Crump, said in a statement.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Christine Hauser

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