Girl injured on Morey's ride sues for mental anguish, despite cheerful Twitter account

Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 9:48 PM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

A Woodbridge, N.J., girl who says she was physically and emotionally scarred when a pole fell on her at an amusement-park ride has filed a lawsuit against Morey's Piers in Wildwood. But the ride's manufacturer - not named in the lawsuit - says the girl's Twitter account seems to suggest she is happy and healthy, contrary to her claims of injury.

Read more from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:23 PM

More of this please.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:36 PM

It does sound like Morey's was not doing proper maintenance. There wasn't a good reason to not remove the theming that broke and hit the girl, especially since Chance recommended it be removed.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 11:25 PM

As to the "gotcha" between the claim of mental anguish and the twitter account, I would think newspapers would eventually learn that the Complaint in a lawsuit contains boilerplate, all-encompassing language such as this. It doesn't necessarily mean that a claim for emotional distress will be pursued, or was even explicitly pleaded as its own count.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:32 AM

Twitter is being used in court proceedings to document a person's disposition now? Is she not allowed to be happy for as long as the lawsuit takes to get through the system?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:35 AM

#sucks

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:35 AM

Twitter is soooo insecure

https://mobile.twitter.com/Giiaa_Rosee

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:41 AM

Wow, 15 years old and has already made over 24,000 tweets. That would be an average of about 9 tweets per day if you started tweeting the day Twitter debuted. Keeping in mind, the user would have been 4 or 5 at the time. What a Twit. :-)

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:42 AM
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:03 PM

From what I know about teenage girls, about 19,572 of those tweets were about Justin Bieber.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:12 PM

I'm pretty sure that 100% of teenage boys who become coaster enthusiasts do not know anything about teenage girls.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:15 PM

Touche

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:22 PM

Assessing mental anguish from a Twitter account is pretty ridiculous. We all know the internet and social media was created to enable alter egos and the complete exaggeration of how wonderful one's life really is. :-)

PS. High five!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:33 PM

Thanks for reminding me about how lousy my high school social life was, Vater. I'm gonna go lament my wasted youth for a while. ;)

Last edited by sirloindude, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:33 PM
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 5:30 PM

GoliathKills said:
It does sound like Morey's was not doing proper maintenance. There wasn't a good reason to not remove the theming that broke and hit the girl, especially since Chance recommended it be removed.

Chance made that recommendation in response to the incident at Morey's.

There WAS an earlier bulletin regarding cracks appearing in the hinge of that mast assembly, but the failure that Morey's experienced was at a different point on the mast assembly. There is no reason to believe that Morey's was not in full compliance with the earlier bulletin (and Morey's ride did not fail as "predicted" by the earlier bulletin), and the later bulletin was issued in response to the Morey's incident.

Both of the relevant bulletins are available in the Bulletins & Technical Info section at http://caresofficials.org.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:55 PM

I like how the article states in paragraph 2: But the ride's manufacturer - not named in the lawsuit

And then names Chance 3 times, including this:

"Chance Rides Inc., maker of the Sea Dragon,"

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:57 PM
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