An autopsy report obtained by CNN indicates that a 14-year-old boy who tragically died at a Florida amusement park earlier this year exceeded its weight limit by nearly 100 pounds.
On March 24 2022, Tyre Sampson passed away while visiting ICON Park outside Orlando with family friends. He a passenger on the Orlando FreeFall drop tower ride – described by its operators as being “the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower” – which sends riders up and then drops them nearly 400 feet at speeds exceeding 75 mph, according to the park.
The owner’s manual for the tower indicated a weight limit of 287 pounds. Tyre stood just over 6 feet tall and weighed 383 pounds, according to an autopsy report.
Who was the 14-year-old boy who died at ICON Park?
On Sunday, March 27th 2022 in Orlando, Fla., a makeshift memorial created outside the Orlando Free Fall ride at ICON Park entertainment complex as Sampson, an 18 year old visiting from Missouri on spring break, tragically fell to his death while riding it (Phelan M Ebenhack via AP).
Parents of Tyre Sampson, who died at a Florida amusement park while riding his horse, say they felt helpless in learning of their son’s passing.
The autopsy determined Tyre’s cause of death to be blunt force trauma, with multiple fractures, lacerations and hemorrhaging to his head, neck and extremities. His manner of passing away was an accident according to the report.
In April, Quest Engineering & Failure Analysis Inc., hired by state officials to investigate Tyre’s death, discovered manual adjustments had made to two seats on the drop tower ride – including Tyre’s seat – which created an unusual gap between his harness and seat, according to their report. This adjustment allowed for more movement between them than usual during Tyre’s fall from height.
According to a forensic engineering firm report, Tyre Sampson had not properly secured in his seat due to mis-adjustment of the harness proximity sensor. This contributed to the subject accident.
On Monday, Orlando Freefall ride operator Orlando Slingshot issued a statement acknowledging Tyre’s passing as “a tragic accident.” An attorney representing the ride said that there would be no further closures of this attraction indefinitely.
“We remain committed to working closely and collaboratively with Tyre’s family, as well as the Department of Agriculture,” said Slingshot attorney Trevor Arnold. “Our goal is to achieve lasting safety improvements within the amusement park industry together.”
In a previous statement, Arnold declared that all protocols, procedures and safety measures provided to us by the manufacturer of the ride adhered to.