ORLANDO, Florida– A theme park ride in a Florida drop tower from which a 14-year-old boy fell to his death in March is being dismantled, the ride operator said Thursday.
The decision to dismantle the 430-foot Orlando FreeFall Tower and ride at ICON Park outside of Orlando was made following the death of Tire Sampson on March 24, the operator said in an online statement.
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The ride, which only opened months before Tire’s death, has since closed. No timeline has been set for the dismantling of the ride, the statement said.
“We are devastated by Tire’s death. We listened to the wishes of Tire’s family and the community and made the decision to dismantle the FreeFall,” Ritchie Armstrong, an official with ride operator Orlando Slingshot, said in the statement. “Additionally, Orlando will honor Slingshot Tire and its legacy in the classroom and on the football field by creating a scholarship in his name.”
A makeshift memorial to Tire Sampson is seen riding ahead of the Orlando Free Fall ride at the entertainment complex ICON Park on April 20, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Phelan M. Ebenhack via AP)
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https://abc13.com/amusement-park-death-orlando-freefall-icon-florida-tyre-sampson/12300362/ Florida amusement park fatality: The Orlando FreeFall ride is being dismantled after 14-year-old Tire Sampson fell and died