Hackemer family files wrongful death suit against Darien Lake

Posted Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:41 PM | Contributed by cpubradley

The family of James T. Hackemer, who was allowed to board the Ride of Steel roller coaster at Darien Lake on July 8 despite having no legs, launched the State Supreme Court lawsuit on Friday against two companies associated with the park.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 10:03 PM
LostKause's avatar

In the Ferris Wheell accident, I think that the one getting sued should be the person who was responsible for watching the little 11-year-old girl. I believe that the park is partially responsible too.

I know of a lot of rides in which anyone under a certain age must ride with a responsible person (usually someone over the age of 16). Morey's Ferris Wheel should have had that restriction.

Not saying that Morey's is evil, or irresponsible. Anyone can make a mistake.

Monday, August 1, 2011 11:10 AM

Krause. with all due respect. Stop putting the blame on the park. It's the rider's responsibility to know their own limitations. It's the perfect crime for his caretaker to do. Put the guy on the ride and let him get killed. Perfect way to get a lawsuit going. There are some incidents where it's the park's and rides fault but not in this case. Anyone with enough common sense would not allow the guy to ride sice he had no legs. Maybe the caretaker was going to start calling for discrimination if he didn't ride.

The real blame for the guys death is with his caretaker who probably got tired of taking care of him and decided to let him ride the coaster knowing full well that he is going to die.

Monday, August 1, 2011 11:25 AM
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You really need to add some wink-winks to a post like that, lest anyone think that you're being serious (which you obviously aren't.........right?).

Monday, August 1, 2011 12:11 PM

+1 for Bakeman.

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Monday, August 1, 2011 5:03 PM

Bakeman, The fact is that he shouldn't have been on that ride in the first place. Also you have to think outside the box like I do. I was a cop when I was in the Air Force so I have to be suspicious of the caretaker.

Monday, August 1, 2011 5:56 PM
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Whether the caretaker's intentions were malicious or not, the park is still at least partially responsible for letting Hackemer ride.

Monday, August 1, 2011 10:20 PM
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Majorcut, where did you get your law degree?

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Monday, August 1, 2011 10:37 PM
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Majorcut, are you serious?

Obviously, you are right, because you used to be a cop. A total idiot can in no way have the power of thinking outside the box like you do, with all due respect.

Anyone with enough common sense would not allow the guy to ride sice he had no legs.

...Including those who actually operated the ride, and were supposed to know the limitations of the riders that they allowed to experience the ride.

Oh, my screen name is Kause, not Krause. It's like the word Cause but with a K instead of a C (for future reference, friend).

If you call someone out, at least try not to sound like a complete moron.

And, sorry you all had to see me Hulk out like this. lol

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, August 1, 2011 10:37 PM
Monday, August 1, 2011 11:35 PM
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^I honestly didn't think you had it in you, Travis. *hugs* for everyone.

Monday, August 1, 2011 11:40 PM

So are the ride ops going to be named in the suit too? Oh wait, they don't have two nickels to rub together, so they weren't at fault. Isn't that how it goes?

It will be interesting as the suit proceeds to see what kind and what amount of damages are being sought. We're hearing about "the kids, the poor fatherless kids." But even if the park is responsible for the man's death, should they be expected to provide a standard of living for this family that the man was unable to do while alive?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 1:59 AM

I'm still wondering what the official policy is with regard to disabled (or whatever they call them now) customers.

Yeah, we all know about the " must have two legs" thing. But what is he official policy? I h ave been to parks where the official policy is that the park makes NO decision about whether a person's condition prevents him from riding. Instead the park presents the criteria and makes the patron decide whether or not he meets those criteria.

I didn't say it made sense, I said that was the policy. Designed, of course, to protect the park from lawsuits.

I never said it made sense.

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