TIRE Sampson’s family are asking for answers after teen dies on Orlando Free Fall Ride at ICON Park.
An attorney representing the family, Bob Hilliard, says state investigators are working to determine who is responsible for the tragedy.
“The focus of our investigation will be on the training of local personnel [may] didn’t secure Tire before the voyage started,” Hilliard said.
The investigation will also look at the design of the as well, Hilliard added.
Shay Johnson, Tire’s cousin, said she would draft a petition drop the ride So far it has received over 500 signatures.
Despite the work she’s put into seeking justice, Johnson says she still denies Tire’s death.
“He just wanted to play football, get good grades, never get in trouble,” she said.
“He just wanted to come to Florida and ride like any other kid. He just wanted to be a kid.”
Dozens of people went to the amusement park to pay their respects to the 14-year-old, who slipped through the restraints and fell from the drop tower ride on Thursday.
A memorial with flowers, candles and posters with the teenager’s face was placed in front of the ride.
Johnson, who lives in Orlando, said she spoke to Tire on the day of his death. She said Tire called her and said he wasn’t allowed on the Star Flyer and SlingShot Attraction at the park because of his weight.
“He tried the nosedive and they let him [get] on, but I don’t understand. Why would you tell him he can’t ride those two, but you allowed him to mount that one?” she said.
Johnson, along with many members of Tire’s family, has called the employees and the company negligent.
“I want the owner to be at fault, I want the workers to have done their jobs,” she said.
“Knew something was wrong”
Tire’s father, said his son knew his seat belt was not fastened properly. Yarnell Sampson added that Tire implored friends close to him to tell his parents he loved them.
He told Fox News his son panicked when the Orlando freefall ride began Thursday and he knew his restraining bar was moving.
Yarnell added, “That’s when he started freaking out. And he explained to his friends next to him: “I don’t know man, if I can’t make it downstairs safely can you please tell my mum and dad that I love them,
“For him to say something like that, he must have felt something.”
Tyre, who was from St. Louis, Missouri on a football program tour, was 6ft 5in and weighed 340 pounds.
Yarnell said, like Johnson, other attractions refused to let him in because he was too tall, but Free Fall operators had allowed him to ride.
He added, “This particular ride decided ‘yes we can take you, hop on’ when no one else was allowing him to get on the rides.”
It comes after chilling 911 calls from ICON Park-claimed employees failed to properly fasten the teenager’s seat beltrevealed the US Sun.
A man on a second call said: “The ride was going and during the ride the guy just fell off.”
When asked if Tire was awake, he replied, “No, he’s dead. He’s dead. He’s gone. He’s face down with blood everywhere.
“He’s not breathing. I checked his pulse, there’s no pulse.”
And his seat belt appears to be buckled incorrectly as he sat on the ride with it slung over his shoulders, video showed.
But the ride came with no seat belts and only had plastic pull-down straps designed to buckle between a driver’s legs.
A driver was apparently seen Jokes about the seat belts and safety just before Tire fell to his death.
One driver had asked, “Why doesn’t that have that little clicking click? Like the seat belt?”
An operator asked, “Are you talking about a seat belt?”
Another added as the ride began: “Have you checked your seat belt? On the left side. Seat belt?”
A man believed to be Tire’s grandfather said his heart was so heavy, adding: “He had so many plans. That’s incredible. That must be a dream.”
Stepmom Wendy called him a respectful gentle giant, adding that he is truly missed.
Football manager Brandon Gregory, who was believed to be with Tire on the night, wrote: “Rest kid. As a coach, you hate that phone call I got last night.
“Please keep his family and his former/current teammates and coaches in prayer. He wanted to get away from St. Louis to enjoy his spring break. He was so happy.”
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said yesterday it appears to be a tragic situation, adding: “Our job is to determine whether or not this is an accident or a deliberate act.
“This appears to be a terrible tragedy.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18096213/tyre-sampson-family-answers-icon-park/ The family is asking why Icon Park victim Tire Sampson was allowed to ride after he was denied entry to others in the same park