A mother of a 14-year-old boy who died falling from a 400-foot-tall ride has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit with the park and ride’s operator. Tyre Sampson, from Missouri, US slipped and fell from a ride at an amusement park in Florida last year.
Tyre was visiting the Icon Park in Orlando during a visit with is football team during the spring break.
The 14-year-old fell at least 100 feet onto the hard pavement from the ride.
A wrongful death lawsuit filed one month after the incident also revealed the ride had no seat belts.
Tyre’s mother Nekia Dodd visited Icon Park for the first time since her son’s death on Wednesday as the ride was dismantled.
She told reporters: “Came down today, it’s my first time in Florida.
“I hate I had to come down under these circumstances. It’s a bittersweet moment.
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“The ride’s coming down, I’m thankful for that, but my son’s not coming back.”
Ms Dodd added: “My son took his last breath on this ride.
“It’s heartbreaking, it’s devastating. It’s a feeling that I hope no parent will have to go through after this ride comes down.”
Dismantling work on the Free Fall Ride started this week after Orlando Slingshot announced it would be taken down last year.
Ms Dodd’s Attorney Michael Haggard announced the settlement was reached between the mother, Icon Park and the Orlando Eagle Drop Slingshot.
However, according to NBC News, the case continues against the ride’s manufacturer Funtime Handels GMBH.
Mr Haggard said: “The case is not over. This death trap was made by FunTime, who resides out of Austria, who is not under the US Consumer Product Safety Commission jurisdiction, is not under the jurisdiction of the US, except for in this court case.”
Dodd revealed she will use the settlement to keep her son’s “legacy alive”.
It will also support schools and sports programmes.
Icon Park said in a statement: “With the utmost respect to the family, we defer any questions on this matter to the family.”
They added: “Our hearts are with the family as they witness this important milestone.”
Icon Park also said it supports proposed legislation to make rider safety more robust and backs the owner’s decision to dismantle it.
The Tyre Sampson Act, which will add further safety regulations to amusement park rides, is also making its way through Florida’s Senate.
The Sunshine State Senate’s agriculture committee unanimously passed the bill on Monday.
Dodd believes the legislation will guarantee rides over 100-feet-tall have a seatbelt and harness.
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