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Parents sued after death of teenager from trip to tower in Florida Lifestyle


Orlando, Florida (AP) – The parents of a 14-year-old boy who fell to his death from a 430-foot (131-meter) tower in a Florida tourist area sued its owner, manufacturer and landlord on Monday, claiming they were careless and failed to provide a safe attraction.

Tyr Sampson’s parents said in a lawsuit filed in Orlando that defendants did not warn their son 6 feet 2 inches (188 centimeters), 380 pounds (172 pounds) tall. about risks someone his size traveled on the trip and did not provide an adequate restraint system during the trip.

While most free-fall rides have a shoulder strap and a seat belt, the Orlando free-fall ride had only shoulder straps. Adding seat belts to 30 seats would cost $ 660, the lawsuit said.

At the time of accidents Last month, Sampson was on spring break, arriving from the St. Louis area.

“The defendants in the Tire case have shown negligence in various ways,” he said lawyer Benjamin Crump, representing the Sampson family. “From the manufacturers of rides and seats and installers to the owners and operators, the defendants had more than enough chances to take safety measures, such as seat belts, that could prevent Tire’s death.”

Representatives of the owner of the attraction Orlando Slingshot and the landlord ICON Park did not comment on the lawsuit.

Last week, initial report external engineers hired by the Florida Department of Agriculture said the sensors during the trip were adjusted manually to double the size of the two-seat retainer hole, leaving Sampson not properly secured before he slipped and fell to his death.

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

The report says there were many other ‚Äúpotential contributions‚ÄĚ to the accident and a full review of the design and operation of the trip is needed.

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