Orlando FreeFall ride death: Video shows Tyre Sampson in seat moments before falling

Orlando FreeFall ride death: Video shows Tyre Sampson in seat moments before falling



ORLANDO, Fla. - Cell phone video shows the moments before a 14-year-old boy died after falling from the Orlando FreeFall ride at ICON Park.


A side angle shows Tyre Sampson in his seat on the drop tower ride. Sampson's harness appears to be much higher compared to other rider


If he was over the weight limit, why did you all allow him to get on this ride? You all told him he couldn’t go on the slingshot. You told him he couldn’t the swing. Yet, you allowed him to get on this one. Why?" asked Shay Johnson, Sampson's cousin.


The operations and maintenance manual from Funtimes, the designer and manufacturer of the ride, spells out everything from how to conduct safety checks on the ride every day to how to use it properly. According to that manual, the maximum weight limit for riders is 287 pounds. Sampson’s father tells FOX 35 News that the teen weighed 340 pounds, which would be 53 pounds over the weight limit. 

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