Orlando FreeFall owner seeks hearing, argues against state findings in teen’s death
The owner and operator of the Orlando FreeFall attraction where a teen fell to his death earlier this year is arguing against the state’s findings in its investigation into the boy’s death and requesting a formal hearing, according to a new filing.
State looks to ride safety legislation as Orlando FreeFall death investigation ends
The Florida Department of Agriculture continued to push for proposed ride safety legislation as the investigation into the death of a 14-year-old boy who fell from the Orlando FreeFall thrill ride back in March came to a close.
Florida officials seek $250,000 fine against Orlando FreeFall operator in teen’s death
An investigation into a 14-year-old boy’s fatal fall from the Orlando FreeFall attraction determined the boy’s death was caused by changes made to the seat’s sensors. Now, the Florida Department of Agriculture is seeking a $250,000 administrative fine against the ride’s operator.
‘He was a star:’ Attorneys, family of 14-year-old boy who fatally fell from Orlando FreeFall mark his birthday
Attorney Ben Crump and the family of a 14-year-old boy who died after falling from an Orlando thrill ride in March held a news conference to mark what would have been the teen’s 15th birthday.
Teen who fatally fell from Orlando drop tower nearly 100 pounds over limit, autopsy report shows
A 14-year-old boy who fell to his death from an Orlando thrill ride in March was nearly 100 pounds over the weight limit of the attraction, according to an autopsy report released by the Orlando medical examiner’s office.
Orlando drop tower operator adjusted sensors in seat teen fell from, making ride unsafe, report shows
An independent forensic engineering firm hired in the investigation into a teen’s fatal fall from an Orlando drop tower found the operator of the thrill ride manually adjusted the sensors in the seat he was in, which made the ride unsafe.
Orlando FreeFall manufacturer owns at least a dozen amusement rides in Florida
As state investigators try to figure out how a teen fell to his death at the Orlando FreeFall ride at ICON Park, News 6 has learned the overseas manufacturer of the ride, Funtime Thrill Rides, has at least a dozen amusement rides in Florida.
Florida order calls Orlando FreeFall ride ‘immediate danger to public health’
Inspectors were back at the Orlando FreeFall thrill ride at Icon Park on Monday, testing it yet again and sending the ride carriage into the air, even while leaving the seats on the ground and raising only the top half of the carriage.
No age restriction to operate high-thrill rides in Florida, says ride safety expert
As the investigation into Trye Sampson’s death continues, a Central Florida safety expert with more than 30 years of experience believes the accident at Orlando Freefall could be the catalyst needed to make changes to Florida’s ride safety laws.
Orlando FreeFall employees had less than 5 weeks of on-site experience, new records show
The ride operator of Orlando FreeFall the night of Tyre Sampson’s death had received her training only four and a half weeks prior, according to records released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).
Orlando FreeFall restraint locked when teen fell, did not function as intended, independent safety inspector says
A longtime independent ride safety inspector and expert witness said the ride manual for the FreeFall drop tower — obtained by News 6 from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services which is now responsible for investigating the accident — shows that the ride maker and ride operator failed 14-year-old Tyre Sampson.
Private ride inspector says 14-year-old who fell from Orlando drop tower too big to ride
Just hours after 14-year-old Tyre Sampson fell from the Orlando FreeFall to his death late Thursday, state inspectors from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were at Orlando’s ICON Park honing in their investigation on the ride shoulder restraint bar, meant to keep a rider from falling out.
Attorneys Ben Crump, Bob Hilliard hired by family of teen who fell to his death from Orlando thrill ride
Attorneys Ben Crump and Bob Hilliard have been hired on retainer to represent the family of Tyre Sampson, 14, who fell to his death Thursday night from the Orlando Free Fall at ICON Park, according to a news release.