Teenager ‘freaked out’ in Orlando before his death, dad says

The 14-year-old boy who died from an Orlando amusement park ride asked the friend strapped in next to him to tell his parents he loved them in case ‘I don’t care not give up”, according to his devastated father. .

Yarnell Samson said his son Tire didn’t feel safe as soon as the “Orlando Free-Fall” ride at ICON Park started going up.

“When the ride took off, that’s when he felt uneasy. He was like ‘this thing is moving’, you know what I mean. And he was like ‘what does it pass?’ “, Samson told Fox 35.

“And that’s when he started freaking out,” the father continued.

The teenager then told the friend next to him: “If I don’t, say… Please tell my mum and dad that I love them.”

“For him to say something like that, he must have felt something,” Samson told the outlet.

Her son tragically fell off the ride about halfway through his 430-foot descent. He died after being rushed to a local hospital.

The heartbroken dad demands to know why his 6ft 5in, 340lb son was even allowed to ride after being prevented from riding on others due to his size.

Tire Samson had fallen to his death after slipping off the “Orlando Free-Fall” ride.
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“This particular ride decided, ‘yeah, we’re going to take you, come on, get on,’ when no one else allowed him to get on the rides,” Samson told the Orlando station.

“So I want to know what happened in between and who made them say, ‘Come on, you can get on that merry-go-round,'” he added.

Tyr was on the ride with two of his best friends. The boys had traveled to Orlando from Missouri.

ICON Park attractions The Wheel, left, Orlando SlingShot, middle, and Orlando FreeFall, right, are shown in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, March 24, 2022.
Tire Samson admitted to a friend that he “felt uncomfortable” during the “Orlando Free-Fall” race, according to his father Yarnell Samson.
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Yarnell Samson questioned why employees allowed his son to sit on the freefall attraction despite his large physical size.
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An honor roll student and football player, Samson said his son hopes to play in the NFL.

“This should never happen to anyone else’s child again,” he said. “And if I had anything to do with it, it never will again.”

The “Orlando Free Fall” had just opened at the end of December. Standing at 430 feet, it boasts of being the tallest freestanding drop tower in the world, according to the park’s website. The ride seats 30 passengers as it ascends, spins around the tower, then tilts to face the ground before plummeting at over 75 miles per hour.

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Authorities are investigating how Tire Samson slipped from his seat.
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The attraction has restraint harnesses over the shoulder, with two handles at chest level, which riders pull down and are automatically released at the end of the ride.

On Friday, an inspector could be seen sitting in a driving seat with the safety harness over his shoulders while another inspector took measurements.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said the tragedy does not appear to be an intentional act. An investigation is underway.

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