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Parents of teen who fell from drop ride sue amusement park

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The Parents of a 14-year-old boy who fell to his death while on the drop ride at an Orlando amusement park have officially filed a lawsuit.
The parents of Tyre Sampson filed a lawsuit against owner, manufacturer and landlord of ICON Park on Monday.
Sampson’s parents claim that staff failed to warn their son of the dangers of going on the ride despite being over the weight limit and that they did not provide an appropriate restraint system.
Sampson who was 6-foot-2-inches tall and 380-pounds, fell to his death while on the Drop Tower FreeFall ride on March 24th.
An initial report found that a staffer adjusted the ride sensors to allow Sampson to go on the ride despite the 200 pound weight limit.
The adjustments to the sensor allowed the harness restraint to be almost double that of the normal restraint opening range.
“These misadjustments [sic] allowed the safety lights to illuminate, improperly satisfying the ride’s electronic safety mechanisms that allowed the ride to operate, even though Mr. Sampson was not properly secured in his seat,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said.
The lawsuit filed in an Orlando court Monday states that the defendant was negligent and failed to provide a safe amusement ride.