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Amusement Park Reaches Accident Settlement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An amusement park said Friday it has reached a settlement with the family of a Louisville teenager whose feet were severed when a ride malfunctioned last year.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom said the settlement would 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.

Kentucky Kingdom spokeswoman Carolyn McLean said terms of the
settlement were confidential.

"We deeply regret the tragedy that Kaitlyn suffered and she remains in our thoughts and prayers," the Louisville amusement park said in a statement.

Calls to Kaitlyn's father Randy and the family's attorney were not immediately returned.

In the suit, Lasitter's family claimed the park failed to maintain the Superman Tower of Power ride and equipment and to ensure riders' safety.

The ride ascended several stories before dropping riders at high speeds. It has since been dismantled.

In its court filings, the amusement park denied liability in the accident.

A Kentucky Department of Agriculture report placed blame for the accident on a faulty cable and slow response by an operator.

The settlement was signed Thursday by Jefferson County Circuit
Judge Barry Willett.

Willett had set a January 2010 trial date for the Lasitter family's lawsuit against the amusement park.

In September, the judge denied a request by the Lasitters to expedite the trial. Willett said the 2010 date was reasonable due to the case's complexity and the amount of pretrial work ahead for attorneys.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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