Attorneys for family of teen who died in fall visit site of Orlando thrill ride

Sampson’s death was ‘completely preventable’, Crump said

Sampson’s death was ‘completely preventable’, Crump said

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Attorneys representing the family of a 14-year-old boy who fell to his death from the Orlando FreeFall attraction visited the ride Tuesday morning, WKMG reports.

The family of Tyre Sampson hired attorneys Ben Crump and Bob Hilliard days after the boy was killed in Orlando.

According to a news release, Crump was hired by Sampson’s father, Yarnell Sampson. Hilliard was hired by Sampson’s mother, Nekia Dodd. Both attorneys said in statements that they intend to work together to get answers for the grieving family.

Crump visited the site and reiterated Sampson’s death was “completely preventable.”

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“Other than George Floyd’s tragic torture video, I think this is the worst tragedy captured on video that I’ve ever seen,” he said.

The Orlando FreeFall opened in Orlando’s tourist district in December 2021, billing itself as the tallest free-standing drop tower on Earth, taking up to 30 guests high into the air before dropping them 400 feet at about 75 mph.

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An investigation is still underway to determine the cause of the teen’s fall from the thrill ride.

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There is a growing memorial for a 14-year-old boy who died after falling from a drop tower at ICON Park along International Drive.

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