A trial date has been set in the lawsuit filed by the parents of a Louisville teenager whose feet were severed by a Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom amusement ride last summer. However, the trial isn’t scheduled in the near future. It is set for January 5, 2010. Kaitlyn Lasitter’s parents, Randall and Monique Lasitter, are seeking an unspecified amount of punitive and compensatory damages. According to the trial judge, the trial date was set so far in the future in part because lawyers for both sides still have much preparation left to do.
Even though it’s estimated that 77 depositions are yet to be taken, the Lasitters’ lawyer, Jennifer Barbour, says much work already has been completed. That includes the filing of more than 15,000 pages of discovery and the conducting of four on-site inspections of the Superman Tower of Power ride. Interestingly, the judge has set a deadline of November 23, 2009, for both sides to mediate a settlement in the case.
State officials recently released a report blaming a faulty cable and slow response by a ride operator in the accident, but they said it was impossible to know exactly why the cable snapped. A year after the accident, Kaitlyn, now 14, continues to recover after doctors re-attached her right foot. Unfortunately, the medical team could not save her left foot. Her parents filed suit last year against the theme park, claiming it failed to maintain the equipment and provide for riders’ safety.
Source: Louisville Courier Journal
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