Posted Friday, July 13, 2007 10:04 AM | Contributed by ClarkKentuckyKingdom
The parents of a 13-year-old Louisville girl whose feet were severed by a Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom ride sued the theme park today claiming it failed to maintain the equipment and ensure riders’ safety. Kaitlyn Lasitter, according to the lawsuit, has suffered permanent injury, severe emotional pain and her ability to earn money has been impaired. The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of punitive and compensatory damages as well as a jury trial.
Read more from The Courier-Journal.
I posted the item in Active Topics when the "last" story in the news section was about Disneyland.
Now, my topic disappears and this one pops up.
Their lawsuit is warranted, but wouldn't it be a good idea to at least wait for the investigation to be complete?
On a side note, tapes of the 911 calls related to the incident were released (today I think). In one of the calls, a witness states that the offending cable broke as the car was still rising, and caught the girl on the way back down.
Every time I think of what happened to this girl, it makes me nauseous.
It wouldn't suprise me one bit if the results of the investigation show that the cable had been worn & then simply snapped during the ride's operation due to that excessive wear & lack of money in the budget for replacement.
If SFKK followed the law when it came to inspections of the ride and the state inspectors passed the ride would six flags still lose the lawsuit?
1. IT'S VERY EARLY! She has two years to file and the amount of damages are no where near known.
2. THE PARENTS FILED, NO this should be the girl filed or the parents filed on behalf of the girl.
3. NO MENTION OF THE RIDES MANUFACUTER. IF THIS INCCIDENT TURNS OUT THAT KENTUCKY KINGDOM DID EVERYTHING PROPER AND IT WAS A RIDE MALFUNCTION OR FLAW. THere screwing themselves.
Chuck, who also would put the state of kentucky department of tourism in the suit who built and operated the ride.
I suspect it would be really difficult to prove that the park was negligent in their maintenance of a ride. Even then, someone has to define what exactly constitutes "reasonable" inspection. Cables can break, unfortunately, and I'm sure that they typically do so at the least convenient time.
And Chuck, what are you talking about? The girl can't retain a lawyer, she's 13! Of course her family is going to file the suit on her behalf.
1. I have connections with an employee at SFKK with more importance than a ride operator, and he had much to say about this incident. The ride's cables are inspected yearly, and this year there was no indication of any future problems. Also, those cables have to be replaced every five years even if there are no problems with them. So really it was a freak accident than no one could have predicted, prevented by not having budget cuts, or have done anything else beforehand!!!
2. The problem with my explaination is that it legally won't work. I think SFKK is more likely to just pay up because it's just not worth a long, losing court battle.
This is pretty unfair to a park which took every safety precausion that is in the book to maintain a ride that had a freak accident that could not have even been thought of.
Hmmm.... People who check my lap bar, and who I have connection with the entire day, they're most important to me ;)
Maybe "higher up the Six Flags shute" is more like it.
Come on! Do they really think the park would do something like that? I suppose it's just some lawyer covering his bases, but I can't imagine even the worst Six Flags operation destroying evidence.
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