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06-2022

Parents sued after teen dies from Florida drop-tower ride

Heart-shaped balloons flow under the seats of the Orlando Free Fall drop tower at ICON Park in Orlando during a watch during the ride on Monday, March 28, 2022.  Tyre Sampson, 14, was killed after falling from a ride late Thursday.  (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Heart-shaped balloons flow under the seats of the Orlando Free Fall drop tower at ICON Park in Orlando during a watch during the ride on Monday, March 28, 2022. Tyre Sampson, 14, was killed after falling from a ride late Thursday. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via Associated Press)

Heart-shaped balloons flow under the seats of the Orlando Free Fall drop tower at ICON Park in Orlando during a watch during the ride on Monday, March 28, 2022. Tyre Sampson, 14, was killed after falling from a ride late Thursday. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via Associated Press)

Orlando, Fla. ( Associated Press) — The parents of a 14-year-old boy sued his owner, builder and landlord Monday after he fell from a 430-foot (131-meter) drop-tower ride in the tourism district of central Florida, claiming That they were careless and failed to provide a safe amusement ride.

Tyre Sampson’s parents said in a lawsuit filed in state court in Orlando that defendants failed to warn their 6-foot-2-inch (188-centimeter), 380-pound (172-kilogram) son about the risks are. Someone of his size is going on a ride and doesn’t provide a proper restraint system on the ride.

While most free-fall rides have a shoulder harness and seatbelt, the Orlando free fall ride only had an over-the-shoulder harness. The lawsuit states that adding seatbelts to 30 of the ride’s seats would cost $660.

at the time of accident Last month, Sampson was on spring break, touring from the St. Louis area.

“The defendants in the tire case showed negligence in several ways,” said attorney Benjamin Crump, representing the Sampson family. “From ride and seat manufacturers and installers to owners and operators, defendants had ample opportunities to implement safety measures, such as seatbelts, that could have prevented tire deaths.”

A spokesperson for the ride’s owner, Orlando Slingshot, and the landlord, ICON Park, did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.

Last week, a preliminary report Exterior engineers hired by the Florida Department of Agriculture said the sensors on the ride were manually adjusted to double the size of the openings for obstacles on the two seats, resulting in Sampson getting out properly before exiting. was not saved and he died.

The report said the Orlando Free Fall ride, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty, did not experience any electrical or mechanical malfunctions.

The report said there were several other “potential contributions” to the accident and that a complete review of the design and operation of the ride was needed.

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