Florida lawmaker to draft Tire Sampson bill to address amusement park ride safety – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — The family of a teenager who died on a jaunt in Orlando is seeking justice on what would have been his 15th birthday.

7 p.m. update:

Trevor Arnold, attorney for Orlando Slingshot, released a statement during Wednesday’s press conference with members of Tire Sampson’s family.

“We continue to cooperate with all inquiries, and we hope that Tire’s name and memory may live on through the proposed ‘Tyre Sampson Bill,’ which we support. The loss of Tyr was an accident tragedy that we take very seriously,” the statement read.

12:43 p.m. update:

The family of Tire Sampson, who was killed on a thrill ride in Orange County, came out publicly on Wednesday, the same day the teenager would have turned 15.

His family and their attorney, Benjamin Crump, said there were new developments in the investigation.

Florida Rep. Geraldine Thompson said she was working on drafting a bill called the Tire Sampson Act, to keep amusement park rides safe.

Photos: Tire Sampson’s family hold a press conference in Orange County

They also released balloons and prayed for the family to heal and get justice for the loss of their son.

Channel 9 has a team at the press conference and will provide ongoing coverage on Eyewitness News.

Original report:

More details are expected to be released on Wednesday regarding Tire Sampson’s death.

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Sampson would have turned 15 on Wednesday, but the 14-year-old died during the Orlando Free Fall race in March.

Attorney Benjamin Crump and Tyr’s family will hold a press conference Wednesday on International Drive to discuss their wrongful death lawsuit.

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Tire’s parents have filed a lawsuit against Icon Park, The Slingshot Band and others.

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Channel 9 will be at the press conference and will provide continuous coverage on Eyewitness News.

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Harold B. McConnell