ST. LOUIS – The family of a teenager who fell to his death at an Orlando amusement park filed a lawsuit on Monday against multiple businesses.
The Haggard Law Firm will be filing the suit on behalf of the family of 14-year-old Tyre Sampson in Orange County, Florida. They are seeking over $100,000 in damages.
The lawsuit alleges that a $22 seatbelt would have saved their son’s life. The total cost of properly securing all seas on the ride would be around $600.
Sampson weighed around 380 lbs and was 6’2″ tall. The lawsuit says that no weight or height restrictions were posted at the park’s ticket counter. No employees advised him not to go on the ride.
Sampson’s mother, Nekia Dodd, will speak to the media for the first time on Tuesday.
The St. Louis teen was improperly secured in his harness on a ride at Icon Park, leading to him falling to his death on Thursday, March 24. A report from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed that the ride operator made manual adjustments to the ride resulting in it being unsafe. He was visiting another family in the Orlando area over spring break. FOX 2 was told those adjustments created more harness space to allow someone of Sampson’s size to ride even though he weighed more than the ride’s guidelines. The attorney for the ride operator said they followed all safety measures provided by the manufacturer.
Tyre attended City Garden Montessori School in St. Louis, was a lineman in the BadBoyz youth football program, and had planned to play football in high school this fall for East St. Louis.