LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Massachusetts congressman hopes a
Kentucky girl whose feet were severed on an amusement park ride
last year will help persuade Congress to pass legislation that
would subject such rides to federal regulation.
The Courier-Journal reports that 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter of
Louisville and Rep. Ed Markey spoke at a news conference in
Washington on Wednesday. Lassiter's feet were severed when a ride
malfunctioned at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville last
Currently rides at traveling carnivals or church socials fall
under federal regulation, but fixed-site rides at amusement parks
like Six Flags do not.
Markey calls it a dangerous double-standard that defies common
Lassiter's right foot was reattached and she uses a prosthesis
on her left.
She described not being able to go to the mall with her friends,
having to use crutches or a wheelchair and holding on to her father
to get around.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,
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