Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 9:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A ride operator has been charged with three felony counts of assault after several people were hurt on the Vortex at the North Carolina State Fair, a sheriff's office said Saturday. Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, a 46-year-old from Quitman, Georgia, faces felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. The sheriff said the ride's safety system had been tampered with.
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I heard this story on the radio this morning. DJ said, "If you can't trust a carny, who can you trust?"
I dunno, they barely pass higher than politicians.
Now that I see the guy I recognize him as the one I had conversations with when the ride was in Ohio. Seemed like a nice enough guy,... Straight up carnie- what can I say?
He seemed to know a lot about his ride, maybe a little too much, huh?
They were testing this ride when I saw it at the Ohio State Fair. A lost screwdriver fell out. Found it.
Now that I see the guy I recognize him as the one I had conversations with when the ride was in Ohio.
Are you kidding? A carnie would die for his ride. Or at least someone will.
...and now, the ride owner has been charged (presumably, he knew about the "fixes" made by Tutterow.
We don't know who "fixed" the ride, or on whose instructions.
The ride operator was in physical control of the ride when the incident happened, and he is the one who did not manage to stop the ride when things went wrong.
The show owner is ultimately responsible for the condition and operation of the ride.
We still don't know if any other parties were involved in the maintenance and operation of the ride, specifically with any maintenance, operations,or modifications which led up to or contributed to the incident. The operator and the owner, though, are logically two good places to start. Arrests are also logical in this case, as one could assume showmen, being nomadic by trade, to be potential flight risks.
Just remember that neither "charged" nor "arrested" equates to "convicted".
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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