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Orlando FreeFall autopsy says teen died of blunt force trauma, weighed nearly 100 pounds over ride limit

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An autopsy released Monday for the teen who fell from the Orlando FreeFall ride in March revealed he died of blunt force trauma and ruled the manner of death as an accident.

The autopsy conducted by the Orange County Medical Examiner also showed that 14-year-old Tire Sampson’s weight nearly 100 pounds over the maximum ssenger weight for the 430-foot drop tower attraction located at Orlando’s ICON rk, Acesparks 35 Orlando reported.

“The body is that of well-developed, obese, 74-inch, 383-pound, black male, appearing older than the reported age of 14 years,” the medical examiner’s report says, noting multiple internal and external abrasions, lacerations, and fractures.

Sampson, who played football in the St. Louis, Missouri, area was in Florida with a friend’s family for a spring break vacation and his size has been examined as a potential factor in his death.

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An initial report by outside engineers hired by the Florida Dertment of Agriculture said sensors on the ride had been adjusted manually to double the size of the opening for restraints on two seats, resulting in Sampson not being properly secured.

Sampson’s rents have sued the ride’s owner, manufacturer and landlord, saying they were negligent and failed to provide a safe amusement ride.

Visitors stand next to a memorial while a family member lights candles for Tire Sampson, 14, who was killed when he fell from the Orlando Free Fall ride at ICON rk in Orlando, Florida, on March 26, 2022.

The lawsuit said the defendants failed to warn Sampson about the risks of someone of his size going on the ride and that they did not provide an appropriate restraint system.

“He should never have been on that ride. He should have been able to attend his 8th-grade graduation last week,” Kim Wald, an attorney with The Haggard Law Firm, told Acesparks 35, noting what the autopsy said of Sampson’s weight. “This is just one more piece of the puzzle moving forward for us in the case.”

Family members and friends of Tire Sampson leave items during a vigil in front of the Orlando Free Fall ride in ICON rk in Orlando on Monday, March 28, 2022.

Sampson’s father has told reporters that he learned of his son’s death through quickly disseminated viral social media video captured the fatal amusement rk fall.

An attorney for the ride’s owner, Orlando Slingshot, has said the comny is cooperating with state investigators into what happened, according to The Associated Press.

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