Tire Sampson is the 14-year-old Missouri boy who died after falling off the Orlando Free Fall Ride at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida.
In a news conference, Sheriff John Mina expressed his “deepest condolences” to the young man who lost his life. Victims’ attorneys from the Sheriff’s Department have been in contact with the family.
Mina released Sampson’s name and confirmed that he was 14 and that his death occurred late in the evening of March 24, 2022.
A graphic video was produced showing the moment Sampson fell off the ride. An employee of an ICON ride was also detained telling a woman there were no seat belts on the ride.
Here’s what you need to know:
A disturbing video captures the moment the boy fell off the ride
A graphic and a video of more than four minutes which shows Sampson falling off the ride has been viewed more than 1 million times on Twitter. Due to its graphic nature, Heavy does not embed the full, unedited video. You can watch it in full herebut be warned that it is extremely disturbing and graphic.
It first shows other people on the journey before it starts.
“430 feet. They’re coming down at 75 miles an hour,” a worker tells them.
A woman asked the worker why the harness didn’t have a clicking seat belt.
“Seat belt? There aren’t any,” he replies.
After further back and forth, the journey began. Sampson cannot be seen in the first part of the video.
“It sounds like an Avengers machine,” says a viewer in the video before the tragedy.
The ride starts to come down and you see the boy fly off the ride and fall to the ground where he lies motionless.
“Call an ambulance,” someone says as people shout.
“Down with us, down with us,” shouted the passengers.
A worker went over to check on Sampson.
“Have you examined it?” A woman asked the crew member who had spoken to the woman about the seat belt. “Yes,” he said.
“Are you sure you checked it?” she asked. At this point the video ended.
An independent journalist who shared the video wrote on Twitter, “Tyre’s family contacted me about the video, but they have not yet decided whether to remove the video. The plan could be to hold a fundraiser. Twitter has not responded to my request to cover the video and add a warning.”
Mina was asked about the video. He said the video was “tagged” and that investigators will consider the video when determining if the death was an accident.
Everything seemed normal before the tragedy, he said. Mina said there is a large locking device that “puts over the shoulders of each passenger,” but he was unaware of seat belts while driving. He also said the sheriff’s department was not aware of any previous problems with the ride.
Sampson was visiting Orlando with a friend’s family
The sheriff said in the press conference that Sampson was visiting Florida with a friend’s family. According to Sampson, he was from Missouri.
Mina said his office will try to determine if it was an accident. He said it appeared to be a “horrible tragedy” but the investigation was still open. “It just seems like a tragic situation,” he said elsewhere in the press conference.
It is not clear whether there will be a criminal complaint as the investigation is still open, said Mina.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection is tasked with investigating the safety of the ride itself.
Fox35 reported that the ride “stands at 430 feet” and is “the tallest free-standing drop tower in the world.”
Authorities are investigating whether Sampson slipped.
Sampson was a youth soccer player
On his Facebook page, where people are now leaving tributes, Sampson wrote that he was “unstoppable” and shared photos showing him playing youth football.
“Prayers for your family my heart breaks for you and your family my deepest condolences,” one person wrote in the comment thread.
“We operate the ride taking all safety precautions into account. Everything is in place and that’s why we’re conducting this investigation,” John Stine, Slingshot Group’s director of marketing, told FOX 35 News.
Sampson’s father says the ‘pain behind it could never be taken away’
Sampson’s father spoke to WESH-TV.
“It felt like someone hit me in the stomach so hard. I just lost, I lost, lost the wind. And the pain behind it could never be taken away and sorry I won’t take it back and no money nothing in the world to replace the young man. And it’s just sad that a young man had his bright future stolen over a ride, an amusement park,” said Yarnell Sampson.
Tire’s coach told the TV network Tire is an eighth grader and “part of a nationally recognized youth program.”
“The biggest thing is that you don’t question things that should happen, they teach you that. When you got a good kid, a straight college student who never did anything wrong, never got in trouble, you know, you kinda question it, like, why him? Arnaud Jones told the TV station.
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