Man sues Lakeside amusement park over roller coaster injury

Daniel DePaola claims he broke his wrist raising his arms on the Cyclone. The park “denies that it knew or should have known” that people raise their hands during the ride.

LAKESIDE, Colo. — Daniel DaPaola says he hopes Lakeside Amusement Park will pay its medical bills and make the historic Cyclone roller coaster safer after he broke his wrist.

DePaola claims the injury happened on the roller coaster while he was visiting the park in July 2021.

In one lawsuit, DePaola claims that a poor restraint system on the Cyclone allowed him to move as he raised his arms, which “caused his arm to collide with part of the Cyclone’s track.”

“As soon as it hit, it was very painful,” DePaola told 9NEWS in an interview. “It was a big fracture. It had like multiple pieces and everything.

DePaola, who lives in Florida, filed a lawsuit in April this year.

In May, attorneys for the park responded to the lawsuit in a court filing, implying that the park was unaware of people raising their hands on roller coaster rides.

“Defendant specifically denies that he knew or should have known that the Cyclone riders would raise their hands during the ride,” the park’s attorneys wrote.

The answer puzzled DePaola’s attorney, who pointed out that raising your arms on the roller coaster was a traditional practice.

“It’s kind of funny,” attorney Robby Landis told 9NEWS. “I was a little shocked in my communications with them”,

Landis pointed out that the park’s website featured a photo of people holding their arms up while riding the Cyclone.

An archived image from Lakeside’s website found on the Internet Archive from February 2022 shows what Landis described. However, the website changed in April.

A lawyer representing Lakeside Amusement Park declined to comment to 9NEWS on the lawsuit.

In the court filing filed by attorneys for the park, there was no reference to a disclaimer or a sign warning people to raise their arms during roller coaster rides.

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