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peaches magee
01-27-2009, 12:06 PM
9 years later, sad story.



The Associated Press
Posted: 01/26/2009 03:26:22 PM PST


ORANGE, Calif.A 13-year-old boy who never fully recovered from crushing injuries after he fell from a Disneyland children's ride in 2000 died on Monday. An autopsy was inconclusive as to the cause of death.
Brandon Zucker was 4 when he fell from the Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin ride in September 2000. The boy was dragged underneath the car, causing serious internal injuries, cardiac arrest and brain damage.

While pinned under one of the ride's cars for several minutes he suffered a ruptured diaphragm, a collapsed left lung, a torn liver and spleen, and a fractured pelvis. He was in a coma for several weeks.

On Sunday morning, Brandon was found unresponsive at his father's home in Anaheim, and died early Monday at Children's Hospital of Orange County, according to sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

He said he had no details of Brandon's health before the death. He said the coroner's office was awaiting blood tests and tissue samples to complete the autopsy. No other autopsies were planned.

Brandon's family reached a settlement with Disney about 17 months after the accident, which did not require Disney to assume blame. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed but ensured the youngster would receive medical care for the rest of his life.

In December 2000, a state agency investigating the accident concluded that a likely cause was a lap bar that had malfunctioned and Brandon's placement next to an opening in the car.

The Roger Rabbit ride was reopened in July 2001 after changes recommended by the state were made, including the addition of bumpers around each car to prevent anything from getting caught underneath.
In June 2002, Disney also unveiled safety measures at its theme parks nationally and named its first chief safety officer.

Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown said Monday that Disney was saddened about the boy's death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time," she said in a statement.



Source: MercuryNews.com/ AP

Beachgurl
01-27-2009, 12:13 PM
Wow that's really sad.

Scary how a lap bar at even Disney (where they constantly check for things like that) could malfunction.

I was just thinking last night while we were on ToT, what if something broke and the elevator went plummeting down and it crashed?

Makes me kind of nervous to ride anything too crazy.

peaches magee
01-27-2009, 12:21 PM
Wow that's really sad.

Scary how a lap bar at even Disney (where they constantly check for things like that) could malfunction.

I was just thinking last night while we were on ToT, what if something broke and the elevator went plummeting down and it crashed?

Makes me kind of nervous to ride anything too crazy.

I know. That is why I always get anxious riding freefall things.
One... I dont like the sensation, two... the whole 'crashing to your death' thing.
Though I rode them, I am gonna try my hardest to NOT let my kids ever ride the horrible, shotty carnival rides.
Those things are held together with duct tape and snot I swear.

Sal
01-27-2009, 12:35 PM
I do get scared of rideing any free fall things and think to myself what if. I still get on them knowing something may happen.

snoman
01-27-2009, 09:51 PM
That is a really sad story, I don't remember hearing about that when it actually happened. And Taryn, have you seen the folks running the carnivals? Aside from the fact that they put all these rides up in less than 24 hours and tear down faster a LOT of the travelling carnies are meth-addict thin if ya know what I'm saying. Hell no do my kids ever get on those death traps!!

RocknGuitar
01-28-2009, 01:50 AM
I remember this vividly. The ride was closed for almost over a year, I believe. This is just really sad.

Jakemeister
01-28-2009, 06:34 AM
I'm not worried about anything I ride at a theme park. I have a better chance of dieing in a car wreck on I-4 than on the rides. The fatality rate for Roller Coasters are so low and usually not the Theme Parks fault.