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Lawsuit filed in Orlando FreeFall drop tower death

Photo courtesy ICON Park
Photo courtesy ICON Park

The father of a teen who fell to his death from the Orlando FreeFall drop tower at ICON Park has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Orange County Circuit Court. 

The lawsuit alleges that while most drop towers include both a shoulder harness and seatbelt, this one had only a shoulder harness to secure riders. 

It says a seatbelt would have cost $22 a seat. All the seats combined would have cost $660. 

Tyre Sampson, 14, was more than six feet tall and weighed 380 pounds when he came loose from the ride and fell to his death on March 24th. 

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of negligence. The teen’s father is seeking a jury trial and damages in an amount that is unspecified, other than that the amount is more than $30,000. 

The father is represented by the Haggard Law Firm and Ben Crump.

Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.