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The teen appeared to fall off the ride halfway

A 14-year-old Missouri boy who died from a 430-foot (130-meter) drop-tower ride in central Florida’s tourism district appeared to slip from his seat halfway to the ground, a law enforcement report released Tuesday said. According to.

The father of a friend of Tyre Sampson, who witnessed the March 24 crash, told deputies that the teen appeared to fall out of his seat while dropping passengers on the free fall ride, with a yellow reflective tape passing halfway down the tower. According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office incident report released through a public records request, the ride reaches speeds of up to 75 mph (120 kph).

When the teen hit the ground, he was breathing but unresponsive, Leon Howard told the deputy.

Howard’s son, also named Leon Howard, was a friend of Sampson’s on a travel football team and was also on the ride at the time of the accident. Sampson, who was 6 feet, 2 inches tall (1.9 m) and weighed over 300 pounds (136 kg), had traveled to Orlando to vacation with his friend’s family.

The younger Leon Howard told deputies that at the top of the ride, which is higher than the Statue of Liberty, he panicked and closed his eyes until the ride stopped.

The incident report said no one touched Sampson on the ground until the representative arrived. According to 911 calls released Tuesday, dispatchers asked witnesses who called at the accident if they could perform CPR on Sampson.

One man told the dispatcher that Sampson’s face was down, “and he’s about 300 pounds.” The dispatcher began asking her to help someone carry Sampson on his back, but then representatives arrived at the scene.

A portion of the incident report was modified. The investigation into Sampson’s death is ongoing, and the report and 911 call were issued Tuesday as they were reviewed and redeployed for release, the sheriff’s office said in an email.

According to the report, investigators of the murder participated in the investigation.

A preliminary report from outside engineers hired by the Florida Department of Agriculture stated that the sensors on the ride were manually adjusted to double the size of the opening for the two-seat restraints, resulting in Sampson’s Wasn’t secured properly before slipping and fell. death.

The Department of Agriculture report said there were several other “potential contributions” to the accident and that a full review of the design and operation of the ride was needed.

Last week, Sampson’s parents sued the ride’s owner, manufacturer and landlord, saying they were negligent and failed to provide a safe amusement ride. The lawsuit states that the defendants failed to warn Sampson of the risks of someone his size going on a ride and did not provide a proper restraint system.

“The sheriff’s investigation confirms how tragic the accident that killed Tyre was,” Michael Haggard, attorney for Sampson’s mother Necia Dodd, said in an email Tuesday. “It was a completely preventable incident that should never have happened, but to the complete negligence of everyone involved.”


The teen appeared to fall off the ride halfway

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