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Tires Sampson ICON Park Death at the latest

THE parents of Tire Sampson, a teenager who fell to his death on the Free Fall ride at Icon Park last month, are expected to file a lawsuit on Monday.

The Tire family will sue the owner, manufacturer and builder of the ride for negligence. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit.

Tire Sampson's parents are expected to file a lawsuit on Monday, a month after their son's tragic death on March 24

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Tire Sampson’s parents are expected to file a lawsuit on Monday, a month after their son’s tragic death on March 24Photo credit: facebook/torysowavy
The family is suing the owner, manufacturer and builder of the free-fall ride that caused Tire to fall more than 400 feet

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The family is suing the owner, manufacturer and builder of the free-fall ride that caused Tire to fall more than 400 feet

The family also feels that the roller coaster should be permanently decommissioned and dismantled.

Tyre, 14, had been visiting Icon Park in Orlando, Missouri, with friends over spring break. He got on the ride and was thrown over 400 feet into the air when he fell out of his seat.

He was pronounced dead after traumatic injuries.

CHILLING REPORT

The news comes after a report released by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried found that an operator of the roller coaster ride manual adjustments made to a sensor, making the journey unsafe.

“This report confirmed that manual adjustments were made to the sensor [of] the seat in question, which allowed the belt-to-restraint opening to be almost twice the normal opening range of the restraint,” Fried said in a news conference Monday.

Fried added that the improper adjustments caused the safety lights in Tire’s seat to come on, allowing the ride to work despite the teenager is not properly secured in its seat.

According to the new report, other factors may have played a role in the tragedy. An investigation is still ongoing, Fried said.

The drop tower will remain closed indefinitely.

State Representative Geraldine Thompson explained that coaster rides at the park are subject to routine inspection, meaning an inspection should have followed as adjustments were made to the ride.

The investigation seeks to determine whether these inspections have been carried out.

Thompson told reporters that she is working on a “Tyre Sampson” law to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Tires stood 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed over 300 pounds, according to a lawyer representing his family.

The coaster’s maintenance manual lists the “maximum passenger weight” and height restrictions as 130 kg, or approximately 287 pounds.

Trevor Arnold, an attorney representing the Slingshot Group, which operates the ride, said the organization is fully cooperating with the investigation.

“All protocols, procedures and safeguards provided to us by the ride manufacturer have been followed,” Arnold wrote in a statement at the time.

“Today’s report proposes a full review of the ride’s design, safety, operation, restraints and history – which we of course welcome.

“We look forward to working with the Florida Legislature to implement changes in the industry as the safety of our customers is always our top priority.”

In another statement, a spokesman for ICON Park said: “We are deeply concerned that the preliminary findings of the state investigation indicate that a sensor on the Orlando FreeFall attraction, owned and operated by the SlingShot Group, was found to be false thereafter Sensor was originally attached.

“ICON Park is committed to providing a safe and fun experience for families. We will continue to assist the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services with their ongoing investigation.”

“Knew something was wrong”

Tire’s father said his son knew his seat belt was not fastened properly.

Yarnell Sampson told Fox News his son panicked when the ride started and he knew his headband 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.”

Yarnell said 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.”

An accident report obtained from CNNrevealed that Tire’s harness was still locked when the ride stalled.

It said: “The harness was still in a folded down and locked position when the ride stopped.”

It comes after chilling 911 calls from ICON Park-claimed employees failed to properly fasten the teenager’s seat beltrevealed the US Sun.

DRIVING WORKERS JOKE ABOUT SEAT BELT

A driver was seen Jokes about seat belts and safety just before Tire fell.

A viewer recorded the interactions between the ride operators and the drivers who were on the attraction when the tragedy occurred.

As they board the ride, nervous drivers are seen asking for seat belts.

“Why doesn’t that have that little click? Like the seat belt?” asked one of the riders.

“Are you talking about a seat belt?” answered one of the passengers.

At the start of the ride, one of the employees asked, “Have you checked your seat belt? On the left side. Seat belt?”

“Nope,” you hear someone reply.

The video shows both the before and after of the tragedy and the fall.

After the horror fall, a woman called for an ambulance and people could be heard screaming demanding to be off the ride.

Crew members were seen shocked when one of them asked: “Are you sure you checked him out?”

A spokesman for the Slingshot Group of Companies, which owns the ride, confirmed the teenager was wearing a seat belt, adding that staff are “running the ride with every safety precaution in mind”.

ICON Park released a statement the day after Tire’s death: “Last night tragedy struck at the Orlando FreeFall and our hearts are heavy with sorrow.

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“The attraction owner is fully cooperating with the authorities and ICON Park is doing everything it can to help.

“The Orlando FreeFall is closed pending a full investigation. Other businesses in ICON Park are said to be open during their normal business hours.”

The tire weighed over 300 pounds, although the service manual for the ride stated that no one over 287 should be on the ride

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The tire weighed over 300 pounds, although the service manual for the ride stated that no one over 287 should be on the rideCredit: Facebook
His family is demanding that the ride be permanently shut down and dismantled

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His family is demanding that the ride be permanently shut down and dismantledPhoto credit: Splash

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