Florida – A teen boy tragically died after falling from a ride at Orlando’s ICON Park last Thursday night as his parents watched in horror.
14-year-old Tyre Sampson was transported to the hospital after falling out of the Free Fall ride, which is the world’s tallest freestanding tower at 430 feet, Fox 35 Orlando reported.
Tyre Sampson, Facebook photos
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the boy died at the hospital.
At first it was believed the boy’s harness wasn’t properly secured, however, officials are now saying the harness was still locked after the ride came to a stop.
The teen boy, a football player who reportedly weighed well over 300 pounds, slipped out of his seat and plunged to his death.
The family attorney said the ride’s guide states a maximum weight of 287 pounds is allowed and wants to know why Tyre Sampson wasn’t stopped by the operators, the New York Post reported.
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The harness on the seat of a Missouri teen who died after falling from a Florida amusement park ride was still locked after the ride came to a stop, staffers told authorities.
Tyre Samson, 14, perished after he somehow slipped out of his seat on the 430-foot FreeFall ride during its 75-mph descent and plunged to the ground at ICON park, according to an accident report obtained by CNN.
“Harness was still in a down and locked position when the ride stopped,” three employees told the Fair Rides division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service.
But Samson’s family — represented by attorney Benjamin Crump — are still asking if the teen, who weighed well over 300 pounds, should ever have been allowed on the ride in the first place.
“Be careful when seeing if large guests fit into the seats,” a manual for the attraction states. “Check that they fit within the contours of the seat and the bracket fits properly. If this is not so — Do not let this person ride.”
A video of the boy falling from the ride was posted to social media, however The Gateway Pundit has decided to post an edited version showing moments leading up to the tragic accident.