Orlando FreeFall ride to be taken down following teenagers death
Back in March 14-year-old Tyre Sampson died after falling from the Orlando FreeFall drop tower ride at ICON Park. Now, that attraction will be taken down.
CEO of Orlando Slingshot Ritchie Armstrong said the company decided to take down the 430-foot drop tower ride to respect Sampson’s family’s wishes, as well as the community outcry over the boy’s death.
“We are devastated by Tyre’s death. We have listened to the wishes of Tyre’s family and the community, and have made the decision to take down the FreeFall,” Armstrong’s statement read. “In addition, Orlando Slingshot will honor Tyre and his legacy in the classroom and on the football field by creating a scholarship in his name.”
There is no timeline for taking down the attraction yet.
The attraction was fairly new when Sampson visited ICON Park in March. Ride operators reportedly adjusted his seat so he could experience the ride. He died after plunging to his death from the attraction. His autopsy showed he was 100 pounds over the weight limit.
In May, a petition launched to turn the site into a memorial for Sampson.
What do you think about the decision to take down the ride?
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