Monday’s news brought new information about Tyre Sampson’s death. This was just days after the Missouri teen, aged 14, died while riding an amusement ride at Orlando, Florida. Sampson died after he “came out”According to the accident record from the Florida Commissioner in Agriculture and Consumer Services (Florence FreeFall), he took his seat on the Orlando FreeFall at ICON. The SlingShot Group is the owner of the ride. It’s a 430 foot drop tower.
As the ride descends, Sampson fell out of his chair. The ride ended. “magnets engaged,”And his harness was “still in a down and locked position when the ride stopped.”He died at “multiple injuries and trauma,”According to the obtained report PEOPLE.
“Words cannot express the sorrow felt by the tragic loss of such a young man, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this unimaginably difficult time,”Nikki Fried, Commissioner of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said in a statement. Fried said that the agency is “actively investigating”The tragedy was reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. They expect the investigation’s results to be “inform us all as to how this tragedy occurred and will precipitate any changes necessary to better protect patrons of amusement rides in Florida.”
Sampson’s family believes that the teenager was too big to safely ride the attraction. Yarnell Sampson, Yarnell’s father, said that the teenager may have been too large to ride the attraction safely. CNNHis son is 6’5″ tall and weighs 340 pounds. Shay Johnson, Sampson’s cousin, told Spectrum News 13She spoke with Sampson shortly before his death. Johnson stated that Sampson was told by staff at two other attractions that he was too big.” to ride.
The ride’s manual notes the maximum passenger weight is 130 kilograms, about 287 pounds. “You should be careful to ensure that large guests can fit in the seats. Make sure they fit in the correct brackets and conform to the seat contours. If they don’t, you should not permit them to ride.” the manual, which Florida officials published online, reads. It is not clear if Sampson was completely secure when the ride began.
The FreeFall ride is closed during the investigation. Slingshot Group suspended another ride, the SlingShot. ICON Park staff said they would “Completely cooperate” with law enforcement. “ICON Park, the Orlando Entertainment District’s 20-acre entertainment center, is ICON Park’s landlord. Statement. “We are still grieving the loss of Tyre Sampson and our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.” This was the most tragic day in ICON Park’s history, and we are working hard to ensure that it never happens again.