Autopsy Of Teen Who Fell From Florida Ride Reveals New Details About His Death



The autopsy report of the teenager who died after falling from a Florida amusement park ride has revealed new details surrounding his death.
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Back in March, 14-year-old Tyre Sampson passed away after falling from the Orlando Free-Fall ride at ICON Park on Internation Drive.

The 430-foot ride was one of the park's newest attractions, having just opened back in December. The park boasted the ride as "the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower". Per a since-deleted Instagram post advertising the attraction, the ride tilts guests "30 degrees forward" and drops them "at over 75 mph".


Sampson was visiting the park with friends on the evening of March 24. However, at approximately 11:00PM, tragedy struck when Sampson was filmed falling from the towering attraction. Sampson was transported to a nearby hospital, but shortly succumbed to his devastating injuries.
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Now, as reported by PEOPLE, the Orange County Medical Examiner has completed its autopsy report into the teenager's death.

It states that Sampson suffered extensive injuries from the fall, including a broken arm, a broken leg, multiple rib fractures, and a fractured jaw.

The report cites the 14-year-old's cause of death as blunt force trauma, with FOX35 and ABC News reporting that the manner Sampson's death has been ruled an accident.

However, The New York Post reports that the autopsy documents the teen's height as 74 inches tall and his weight as 383 pounds - which is reportedly significantly over the weight limit for the attraction.

The Post reports that a manual for the ride states: "Be careful when seeing if large guests fit into the seats. Check that they fit within the contours of the seat and the bracket fits properly. If this is not so — Do not let this person ride."
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An attorney representing Sampson's family has since told PEOPLE that the teen's death was "unnecessary" and that the "severity in nature of his injuries is absolutely catastrophic and devastating".


The attorney continued: "The report also confirms that he was 74 inches tall and he weighed 383 pounds — and 383 pounds is 97 pounds higher than what the maximum requirements were for this ride.

"So if the ride would have implemented their own safety requirements, not allowing anyone more than 286 pounds to ride this dangerous ride, Tyre would've never been on the ride, he would be with us here today."

Back in April, it was reported that Nekia Dodd and Yarnell Sampson - the teen's parents - had filed a wrongful death lawsuit.


In response, the attorney for Orlando Slingshot said in a statement to People: "Orlando Slingshot continues to fully cooperate with the State during its investigation, and we will continue to do so until it has officially concluded."

"We reiterate that all protocols, procedures, and safety measures provided by the manufacturer of the ride were followed," the statement continued.

"We look forward to working with the Florida legislature to implement change in the industry and we are also supportive of the concepts outlined by State Representative Geraldine Thompson to make changes to state law through the 'Tyre Sampson Bill' to prevent a tragic accident like this from ever happening again."

A Gofundme has also been set up by Tyre's mom.




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