A woman claiming to be the cousin of a 14-year-old boy who fell to his death at an amusement park has weighed in on the tragedy. She has no connection with Sampson’s family and says she spoke to him on March 24. She says Sampson was turned away from two rides because of his size. During her interview, the woman said the boy’s death was preventable.
Tyre Sampson’s parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several entities involved in his death. The lawsuit alleges that the park failed to provide a safe ride and failed to properly train employees and warn the public of height restrictions. Tyre was 6 feet tall and weighed 380 pounds. The accident claimed Tyre was not wearing a safety harness, so the ride operator was responsible for his death.
The Free Fall ride at the Orlando theme park was the highest in the world. It is taller than the Statue of Liberty, yet it experienced no mechanical failures or electrical malfunctions. It is time for a complete review of the ride’s design and operation. The accident devastated Tyre Sampson’s family, and his mother was distraught over the loss of her son. Tyre Sampson was a well-mannered kid who was likely to play in the NFL.
Sampson’s mother, Yarnell Sampson, also attended the press conference, and was in tears. While the accident was tragic, she and her husband decided to make a statement about it. The families are not suing the individual employees who worked at the theme park. Instead, they plan to lobby Congress for safer rides at Orlando’s Free Fall. The lawsuit is a scathing statement against corporate greed.
The lawsuit states that the company, the owner, and the park’s landlord were negligent in not adequately warning Sampson of the dangers of the ride. Sampson was seventy pounds over the manufacturer’s manual limit, but the ride operator did not prevent him from getting on. The lawsuit claims all parties were negligent and it will be up to the jury to determine who was at fault. The lawsuit states that the Florida Department of Agriculture is investigating the lawsuit. The lawsuit is expected to take place soon.