We have written in prior issues about how dangerous some “rides” are in amusement parks. The family of a 13-year-old Florida girl who was seriously injured when she fell about 100 feet to the ground from an amusement park ride has reached a settlement with the park. The settlement was reached with Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells and it still must have court approval. The park was subject to a foreclosure sale which was held on October 19th. The sale was to satisfy a more than $2.7 million judgment in favor of the bank against Anderson Amusements LLC and Extreme World Inc. The bank filed the foreclosure action in December.
The teenager, who was visiting Wisconsin from Parkland, Florida, on July 30th, hit the ground in the free-fall ride after nets and air bags that were supposed to catch riders were not raised. She suffered swelling in her brain, multiple severe fractures of her spine and pelvis and lacerations to her liver, spleen and intestines. At press time she was still in the hospital in Florida. The ride was called Terminal Velocity and it was made by German manufacturer Montic.
The 33-year old ride operator was charged with one count of first-degree-reckless injury, a felony punishable by up 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. The operator told investigators he “blanked out” and never saw the “all-clear” signal before releasing the girl. The state Department of Commerce has said the operator did not follow protocol. A report says the girl was dropped before the cage in which she was riding reached the top and before a net was in proper position. Stuart Grossman, a lawyer from Coral Gables, Flordia, represented Teagan Marti and he did a very good job.
Source: Associated Press
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