The 14-year-old boy, who died last Thursday after falling from a free-fall tower at ICON Park in the city of Orlando, is said to have been refused entry to several attractions because of his weight. Weighing 154 kilograms, he was too heavy for certain rides, but he was not refused at the free-fall tower.
The parents of 14-year-old Tire Sampson want an investigation into how the accident could have happened. In an interview with FOX 35 Orlando, the mother says her son would have absolutely accepted if employees had told him in a respectful way that he was not allowed to enter the attraction. “That’s their responsibility, otherwise he would never have known. If they tell him it’s safe, he naturally trusts that they are experienced enough to judge that.”
#BREAKING: A teenager fell to his death while riding an Orlando-area drop tower attraction, according to officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
What witnesses say happened: https://t.co/FzVCfamj1w
— FOX 35 Orlando (@fox35orlando) March 25, 2022
Tire was in Orlando for a training camp with his American football team. According to his parents, his dream was to become a professional American football player one day and he was already well on his way.
The memorial for Tyre Sampson has grown significantly since last night. Many people are coming to bring flowers, footballs, teddy bears and share their condolences 🙏🏼 https://t.co/wVeQRoX1cH pic.twitter.com/JR6gH0RWz7
— Stephanie Buffamonte (@StephBuffamonte) March 26, 2022
The free fall tower in ICON Park has been in the amusement park since December and with a height of 131 meters, it is the highest in the world. Visitors have left hugs and flowers at the tower in recent days. The attraction will remain closed for now so inspectors can investigate how the tragic event could have happened.
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