Officials reported Friday that a 14-year-old Missouri visitor died late at night after falling from a 430-foot-tall thrill ride at an amusement park along a bustling thoroughfare in the heart of Orlando’s tourist sector. Late Thursday, sheriff’s deputies and emergency services responded to a report at Icon Park, located along International Drive in the city’s tourism zone. The youngster was injured when he fell from the Orlando Free Fall rollercoaster, which debuted late last year.
On Friday, Tyre Sampson, who was visiting central Florida with a friend’s family, was recognised by Orange County Sheriff John Mina. According to the sheriff, detectives investigating the deceased will determine if it was purposeful or accidental.
The situation is explained by his father, Yarnell Samson:
When the “Orlando Free-Fall” ride at ICON Park started going up, Yarnell Samson stated his son Tyre felt unsafe. “It was when the ride started that he became uneasy. ‘This thing is moving,’ he said, and you know what I mean. “And he was like, ‘What the hell is going on?'” Samson said to Fox 35. “And that’s when he went crazy,” the father added. “If I don’t make it down, inform…,” the adolescent said to his companion. Please tell my mother and father that I adore them.”
“He must have felt something to say anything like that,” Samson told the site. On Thursday, his son sadly died as the ride was approximately halfway down its 430-foot slope. After being taken to a local hospital, he died. The bereft father wants to know why his 6-foot-5, 340-pound son was allowed on the ride after being denied access to others due to his size.
Where does the tragedy happen?
The “Orlando Free Fall” had just opened at the end of December. According to the park’s website, it is the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower, standing at 430 feet. The ride carries 30 guests as it ascends, turns around the tower, and then tilts to face the ground before free falling at speeds exceeding 75 mph.
Riders pull-down over-the-shoulder restraint straps with two hand grips at the chest level, automatically released at the end of the ride. On Friday, an inspector was observed sitting in a ride seat with the security harness slung over his shoulders while another took measurements. Sheriff John Mina of Orange County said the incident was not planned. An investigation is now underway.
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