Family Expanding Lawsuit in Fire Ball Ride Death

  • 8/8/2017 2:38:41 PM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

COLUMBUS, OH - The family of the teen killed after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair is filing a wrongful death lawsuit and that lawsuit is expanding.

An attorney for Tyler Jarrell's family says his mother is shocked and outraged and says the teen didn't die in a so-called "freak accident."

The company says the Fire Ball ride failed due to excessive corrosion.

Columbus attorney Mark Kitrick says he intends to name Amusements of America in a wrongful death lawsuit.

"How do you react to the manufacturer saying no one could have looked at this ride and known anything was wrong?" asks a reporter.

"Well, I just don't think that's true," Kitrick says. "Think about rust. It's dirty. It's brown. It's yellow. Water that comes out of it is going to be rusty. You can't just have that happen in one day."

Kitrick says Jarrell's family now plans to push for "Tyler's Law" to create universal ride inspection standards.

"They had a duty to inspect, repair, replace and fix," Kitrick says. "That clearly wasn't done."

Jarrell had recently enlisted with the Marines and had future plans to become a law enforcement officer.

Kitrick says the teen's mother will fight to prove her son's death could have been prevented.

"She wants no one else to go through this," Kitrick says.

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