Son of Beast at Kings Island still has uncertain future

Posted Monday, November 16, 2009 10:17 AM | Contributed by ideame

Kings Island's luckless 13th roller coaster, shuttered for about half of last season, faces an uncertain future. Now, after dozens of riders over nine seasons have said they were hurt on the ride, Son of Beast's survival is uncertain following a recent trial in which a jury awarded a 40-year-old Defiance woman $76,364 in compensatory damages for her injuries sustained on the roller coaster three years ago.

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Monday, November 16, 2009 10:24 AM

My God, this coaster can't catch a break. But if folks keep getting hurt, is it worth it to keep the coaster alive?


Chase

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Monday, November 16, 2009 10:36 AM

I'm getting the feeling that most of these people might be gold diggers looking for some quick cash in this tough economy.

On the other hand, I wonder if some new Timberliners might help it?


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Monday, November 16, 2009 10:55 AM
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Why is it that every time people get hurt on a ride, people start making assumptions that everyone is out for "quick cash?"


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Monday, November 16, 2009 10:57 AM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Because there are 28 pages of lawyers in my local phone book?


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Monday, November 16, 2009 11:08 AM
OhioStater's avatar

Yeah. $76,000 is real life-changing money she got awarded there...cash the check and retire in style!

The ride is, and always has been, a mess. If you don't think so, you are in a state of coaster denial.

Coasters with much less bad history have been torn down, so I cannot fathom one logical reason why SOB, in its current state, does not have the same fate awaiting it.

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Monday, November 16, 2009 12:16 PM

I think the line between wanting some cash and deserving it has been hit with this one.

While its builders and Paramount had such grand intentions (I'd have loved to ride it) I think SOB is now just a liability. You just can't have a public attraction that has the ability to cause that much pain. Broken hips/fractured sternums are not minor injuries.

And I'm the first to admit that I like some rough rides (Grizzly at KD, Mean Streak).

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Monday, November 16, 2009 12:30 PM

I don't have exact numbers or anything, but I can only assume this coasters' annual ridership isn't very high in comparison to the other coasters at Kings Island...

Couple that with the fact that it has been nothing but trouble for this park since the day it opened (multiple high-profile rider injury reports, multiple instances of structural re-profiling, etc.), I don't see why it wouldn't be on the chopping block.

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Monday, November 16, 2009 12:31 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again,

SOB + C4 = one big bonfire and weinie roast.

Either that, can we FINALLY let Mythbusters have a crack at busting a few coaster myths before they blow it up?


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Monday, November 16, 2009 12:55 PM

Son of Beast was what 20 million i think? I have never ridden it before and don't consider myself an expert in the area, but i can't imagine that they couldn't just "fix" the ride. How about replacing the old track with pre-fab wood? Or doing something like that? Certainly a lot more economical.

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Monday, November 16, 2009 1:07 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

It's not a good ride though. It has some moments, but overall it kinda sucks. Unless it's popular with the guests (hard to imagine), why keep it, regardless of how much they invested in it?


AV Matt
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Monday, November 16, 2009 1:14 PM

Jeff said:
Why is it that every time people get hurt on a ride, people start making assumptions that everyone is out for "quick cash?"

Because daytime tv is littered with hundreds of ads per day for Accident Lawyers.

Sorry Jeff, you're indignation is unwarranted. While there are certainly some people who are hurt on rides, through no fault of their own, the vast majority of litigation (actual and threatened) is done for the hopes of a pre-verdict settlement.

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Monday, November 16, 2009 1:15 PM
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Not sure how popular it actually was/is, but the thing always had a line...a decent line as far as I could ever tell.


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Monday, November 16, 2009 1:23 PM

CreditWh0re said:
While there are certainly some people who are hurt on rides, through no fault of their own, the vast majority of litigation (actual and threatened) is done for the hopes of a pre-verdict settlement.

Huh?

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Monday, November 16, 2009 1:25 PM

Eric Hossfield said:
Son of Beast was what 20 million i think? I have never ridden it before and don't consider myself an expert in the area, but i can't imagine that they couldn't just "fix" the ride. How about replacing the old track with pre-fab wood? Or doing something like that? Certainly a lot more economical.

Maybe somebody could do something using tne existing footers and station. It'd be sort of a "gut renovation." Would "This Old House" be interested in a project like this or how about "World's Toughest Fixes?" ;)


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Monday, November 16, 2009 1:29 PM

Maybe Ty and Extreme Home Makeovers?

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Monday, November 16, 2009 2:06 PM

Time to move on and not throw additional money at this piece of junk.


Brad

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Monday, November 16, 2009 2:48 PM

I just had a crazy thought: CF should threaten to KEEP SOB open unless Mason backs away from the tax hike.


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Monday, November 16, 2009 2:50 PM

So unless the tax hike is nixed, we will continue to hurt hostages on a periodic basis?

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Monday, November 16, 2009 3:02 PM
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I see where you are going Go.. However, I think the term "hostage" is a tad dramatic a term.

When a person is standing in line for an hour or so to get on a ride that has been in the papers, or at least hears comments from people getting off and still decides to assumes the risk of riding to some degree (as pointed out by the typical warning signs posted around coasters)... Are they really hostages at that point?


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