Pictures of a cable that severed 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lassiter's feet as she rode the Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom have been released to the public.
Our sister station, WLKY in Louisville, obtained the exclusive photos.
In some photos, you can see a piece of Kaitlyn's shoelace entwined in the frayed metal.
Her family released these pictures because they believe the images and information about the park's alleged handling of the cable are vital to the community.
The Lassiters are suing Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom for negligence.
This week, the family also made public a 285 page deposition from the Park's ride maintenance supervisor, John Schmidt. He testified his crews visually inspected the rides cables twice a week.
Instructions from the ride's manufacturer say technicians should physically run a rag up & down the cables to check for frayed wires.
When asked, Schmidt testified there was, "no convenient way of doing that."
The Lassiter Family also publicized the results of an independent lab study of the snapped cable. The report says it appeared rusted, cracked and lacked lubrication where the cable had fractured.
In the deposition, John Schmidt testified his team regularly used corn starch to keep cables from slipping. When attorneys asked Schmidt if he needed special permission to make this change, he said said he didn't, that it was an idea from another theme park.
In a statement released to 27 NEWSFIRST, the Lassiters defended their decision to release this information saying, "had we known as parents what we have witnessed now, we certainly would have not allowed our child to go to this park. We only want everyone to understand our goal is to open the eyes of a community that has been so loving and generous to us."