ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – The parents of a 14-year-old Missouri boy who died from a 430-foot drop tower at an Orlando amusement park are suing the ride’s owner, maker, and ICON Park – where the fall occurred.
Tire Sampson’s parents said in the lawsuit in state court that the defendants failed to warn their 6-foot-2, 380-pound son of the risks of someone his size making the trip and not failed to provide proper restraint during the ride.
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While most free fall rides have a shoulder harness and seat belt, the Orlando Free Fall ride only had a shoulder harness. Adding seat belts to the ride’s 30 seats would have cost $660, according to the lawsuit.
At the time of last month’s accident, Sampson was on spring break, visiting from the St. Louis area.
“The defendants in the Tire case were negligent in multiple ways,” said attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Sampson’s family. “From ride and seat manufacturers and installer to owners and operators, the defendants were more than likely to put in place protective measures, such as seat belts, that could have prevented the death of Tire.”
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Last week a initial report by outside engineers hired by the Florida Department of Agriculture said the sensors on the ride were manually adjusted to double the size of the opening in the restraints on two seats, which prevented Sampson from being properly secured before slipping away and falling to your death.
The Orlando Free Fall ride, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty, experienced no electrical or mechanical failures, according to the report.
The report said there were many other “potential contributions” to the crash and that a full review of the ride’s design and operations was needed.
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