ORLANDO, Fla. — There is growing debate over what should happen to the Orlando FreeFall at ICON Park on International Drive.
Deputies said 14-year-old Tyre Sampson died last week after he fell from the ride while vacationing from out of state.
Sampson’s family is devastated. The family’s attorney said they want to make sure no other family goes through this pain.
There’s a growing makeshift memorial to honor the teen at the site.
It’s unclear what will happen with the ride, but many are calling for it to be shut down.
“In honor of his family and the tragic loss of a young man. Orlando has enough theme parks, enough rides,” said Caleb Danner.
Others think that goes too far.
“If you want my honest opinion, they just need to do a better job of seriously reviewing the safety precautions of the ride,” said Aifesuwa Ukor, a tourist from Arizona.
The family’s attorney said they are not stopping until the Sampsons get closure.
They’re preparing to file a lawsuit.
“How can you design a ride like this that’s brand new, state of the art, that allows kids to be unbuckled as they ride 400 feet in the air?” attorney Bob Hilliard questioned.
The Sling Shot Group, which owns and operates the ride, claims the ride was fully functional at the time of the accident.
It is cooperating with investigators to figure out what went wrong.
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