Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, an amusement park, has reached a settlement with the family of a Louisville teenager whose feet were severed when a thrill ride malfunctioned last year. The settlement will provide “lifetime care” for Kaitlyn Lasitter, who was 13 when a cable on the ride snapped in June 2007, cutting off her feet. Doctors were able to reattach her right foot but not her left one, and some of her left leg was amputated. Terms of the settlement are confidential. Kaitlyn’s family sued the amusement park, claiming the park failed to maintain the Superman Tower of Power ride and equipment and to ensure riders’ safety. The ride, which ascended several stories before dropping riders at speeds of more than 50 mph, has since been dismantled. A trial in the case had been set for early 2010.
A Kentucky Department of Agriculture report placed blame for the accident on a faulty cable and slow response by an operator. The report said Kaitlyn would likely have suffered only cuts and scrapes with swifter action from the ride’s operators. Kaitlyn has undergone several surgeries since the accident. The teenager was suffering “excruciating pain” as she faced more surgery. Kaitlyn, a former softball and soccer player, described putting on weight from inactivity, being made fun of, having friends and boys treat her differently and missing out on being a teenager. Kentucky Kingdom had filed suit a separate against Intamin Ltd., the manufacturer of the ride, and that claim was also settled.
Source: Insurance Journal