Orange County

Florida lawmaker to draft Tyre Sampson bill to address amusement park ride safety

ORLANDO, Fla. — The family of a teen who died on a drop ride in Orlando is calling for justice on what would have been his 15th birthday.

7 p.m. update:

Trevor Arnold, attorney for Orlando Slingshot, released a statement to the press conference held Wednesday with members of Tyre Sampson’s family.

“We continue to cooperate with all inquiries, and it is our hope that one way Tyre’s name and memory can live on is through the proposed ‘Tyre Sampson Bill,’ which we support. The loss of Tyre was a tragic accident that we take very seriously,” the statement reads.

12:43 p.m. update:

The family of Tyre Sampson, who was killed on a thrill ride in Orange County, spoke publicly on Wednesday, the same day the teen would have turned 15.


His family and their attorney, Benjamin Crump, said there are new developments in the investigation.

Florida Rep. Geraldine Thompson said she is working on drafting a bill called the Tyre Sampson law, to address safety of amusement park rides.

Photos: Family of Tyre Sampson hold news conference in Orange County

They also released balloons and prayed for the family to heal and receive justice for the loss of their son.

Channel 9 has a crew at the news conference and will provide continuing coverage on Eyewitness News.

Original report:

More details are expected to be released Wednesday involving the death of Tyre Sampson.

Original report: Boy, 14, dies after falling from FreeFall ride at ICON Park in Orlando

Sampson would have turned 15 on Wednesday, but the 14-year-old fell to his death from the Orlando Free Fall ride in March.

Attorney Benjamin Crump and Tyre’s family will hold a news conference Wednesday on International Drive to discuss their wrongful death lawsuit.

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Tyre’s parents filed the lawsuit against Icon Park, the Slingshot Group and others.

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Channel 9 will be at the news conference and will provide continuing coverage on Eyewitness News.

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