Family of Tyre Sampson Files Suit After 14-year-old Falls to Death from Drop Tower

Figure 1: Florida Amusement Park FreeFall drop – Photo The New York Times

On March 24, 14-year-old Tyre Sampson visited ICON Park in Orlando, Florida and decided to try out the Orlando FreeFall drop tower ride, which lifts its passengers up and drops them from nearly 400 feet in the air at speeds than can exceed 75 miles per hour. The ride is described by its operators as the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower. The harness sensor in Tyre’s seat was “manually loosened, adjusted and tightened”, which allowed for a greater gap than normal between Tyre’s harness and his seat, leading to Tyre’s fall.

The attorney for the Sampson family stated since the filing of the wrongful death suit that a number of witnesses have come forward to reveal that they had also rode in the same seat as Tyre and complained of it feeling “like it was loose, that it was different than the other seats.”

Dangerous events like the tragic incident detailed above happen more often than we think. Usually, the owners do not take action unless their hand is forced. If you signed a waiver that does not mean you signed your life away.

For over 70 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for our clients. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed as the result of a roller coaster or amusement park ride, it is important to understand your right to recover. Our attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for their clients. Call us today at 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584 for your free consultation.