Parents of Teen Who Died From Free-Fall Ride Sue For Wrongful Death

The teenager who fell to his death at a ride in Florida should’ve never been allowed to get onboard — something his folks are now claiming in a new lawsuit against the park.

Nekia Dodd and Yarnell Sampson — the parents of late 14-year-old Tyre Sampson — have filed a wrongful death suit, via attorney Ben Crump, against Icon Park and its pertinent associates, including the creators and operators of the freefall ride itself, claiming negligence … among other counts.

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According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Sampson’s parents allege the attraction in question had certain height and weight restrictions that their son was in clear violation of … and which should’ve been addressed either via signage or from the staff itself on site.

His parents, however, claim none of that happened that day — namely, they say there were NO signs to dissuade people from getting on who shouldn’t, and nobody working there said anything either … so Tyre got in thinking there wasn’t a problem, when there clearly was.

Not just that, but the parents also claim the ride itself wasn’t as safe as it should’ve been compared to other ride of the same nature … alleging those other freefall-type drops are often protected against with not just a shoulder harness, but a seatbelt as well — SOP, they insist.

This IP ride, though, did NOT have a seatbelt, per the lawsuit, and the Sampsons believe that contributed to their son being ejected from his seat and plummeting to the ground.

As you know … Tyre hit the ground from about a 100-foot height and succumbed to his injuries. In addition to negligence, Tyre’s parents are also claiming strict liability against some of the defendants. They’re asking for damages and a jury trial before a judge.

Tyre’s parents are expected to share some public comments Tuesday.

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