As expected, the family of a teen who fell to his death at an in March has filed suit in Orange County, Florida.
According to ClickOrlando, attorney Michael Haggard, who represents ‘s mother, Nekia Dodd, formally filed a lawsuit against the ‘s operators in Orange County Court this morning. Monday. The suit was filed in civil court.
Sampson, age 14, died on , after falling from the , March 24 at Orlando’s on .
The lawsuit filed on Monday morning in Orange County names three entities at fault in the death of : Funtime Thrill Rides, which manufactured the , , which is the owner and operator in Florida, and , which is the company who leased the space for the .
The suit filed alleges that operators of the should have known that those riding the could be “subject to unreasonably dangerous and foreseeable risks and that serious injury and death of the occupants in the could result.”
The suit also notes that the and that the total cost to outfit all of the seats on the had no seatbelts with seatbelts would be only $600.
According to the lawsuit filed, the manufacturer, FunTime Thrill Rides, and the operator, , should have made sure of the following:
- There were visible warnings for about height and weight restrictions
- The should not have been able to function if all were not properly secured
- No one should have been able to manipulate or adjust proximity sensors
- A monitoring system should have been installed to make sure all rider restraints were properly secured
- A mechanism should have been installed to stop the if a restraint was not properly secured
- The lawsuit also states that the could have been manufactured with safer alternative designs that would have yielded a reduced risk of coming out of their seats.
During a press conference last week led by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and its Commissioner , a report from Quest Engineering, the forensics entity hired by the Department to assist in the investigation, was shared, which detailed findings about what led to falling from his seat and ultimately losing his life after riding the .
According to the report, the operator at made “manual adjustments” to two of the seats at the that rendered the unsafe for .
Following the press conference, attorneys for attorneys announced they’d be filing a wrongful death suit in Orange County civil court today.‘s family said they would likely be taking legal action. Over the weekend,
At this time, no information about the amount of damages sought has been made public.