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Autopsy results released in death of 14-year-old who fell from drop tower ride in Orlando

The final autopsy report has been released following the tragic death of a 14-year-old boy who fell from a drop tower ride in Orlando.

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The final autopsy report for 14-year-old Tyre Sampson concludes that the young teen died from blunt force trauma, and the manner of death is listed on the report as “accident.”

“The body is that of a well-developed, obese, 74 inch, 383 pound, black male, appearing older than the reported age of 14 years,” the medical examiner’s report reads.

The report also details multiple injuries like internal and external abrasions, lacerations, and fractures to the young teen’s body and that his weight exceeded the weight limit for the Orlando FreeFall drop tower attraction by almost 100 pounds.

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“[Tyre] was 387 pounds, and that’s 97 pounds more than what the maximum requirement was [for the drop tower attraction],” said Kim Wald, an attorney with the Haggard Law Firm, who is representing one of the teen’s parents. “So he never should have been on that ride. He should have been able to attend his 8th-grade graduation last week. This is just one more piece of the puzzle moving forward for us in the case.”

Tyre Sampson was visiting the Orlando area over spring break and went with friends to ICON Park on International Drive in March. The group boarded the Orlando FreeFall drop tower attraction, each one taking a seat and waiting for the ride to begin.

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The attraction takes riders up a high tower, more than 400 feet above the ground, and then “drops” them in a freefall before large, strong magnets are engaged and “catch” the ring of riders before they return to the ground below. But on the night Sampson and his friends were riding, shortly after the ring moved up the tower and began its descent, Sampson slipped out of his seat and fell to the ground hundreds of feet below.

Sampson’s parents have sued the entities responsible for the manufacturing and operation of the Orlando FreeFall drop tower ride.

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