Attorney Seeks To Add Two Teens To Amusement Park Suit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Attorneys for a teenager whose feet were
severed on an amusement park ride last summer want to add two of her friends to a lawsuit against the park.
Blair Johnson and Arin Valsted, both of Louisville, suffered injuries and emotional trauma when a cable on the Superman Tower of Power ride broke at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on June 21, cutting off 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter's legs, attorney Jennifer Barbour said Wednesday.
Barbour, whose firm represents the Lasitter family, filed a motion in Jefferson Circuit Court on Wednesday to add the girls to the suit. They were riding with Lasitter when the accident happened.
Kentucky Kingdom's attorney, Michael Valenti, opposed the motion. Valenti said Kentucky law doesn't allow parents to sue for loss of consortium - in this case, a loss of the normal companionship of the children - in cases involving an injured juvenile.
"The law in Kentucky is very clear, very straightforward," Valenti said.
Jefferson Circuit Judge Barry Willett took the motion under advisement but did not say when he will rule.
When the cables snapped, Lasitter's legs were cut off just below
the knees. Doctors reattached her right foot, but she had to have some of her left leg amputated and subsequent surgeries.
Depositions and statements filed in the lawsuit said Johnson and
Valsted suffered cuts and bruises.
Valenti said Kentucky Kingdom has paid $6,059 for Valsted and her family to undergo medical treatment and psychological counseling since the accident. Johnson's family has received $3,100 for medical treatment and counseling, Valenti said.
Barbour said both girls and their families should be allowed to seek damages for their injuries, as well as the time and money spent traveling to see Lasitter while she was hospitalized in Nashville, Tenn.
"There will be ongoing psychological care for both of these girls. Whether Kentucky Kingdom will continue to pay for that, I do not know that," Barbour said. "These girls visited Kaitlyn in Nashville as often as possible to make sure she was going to survive."
State officials blame a faulty cable and slow response by an
amusement park ride operator in the accident.

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

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  • by mykeez Location: ca on Jun 19, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    After reading this garbage, I too am now suffering,so gimme gimme gimme. Accidents are just that accidents. For those that say "ky kingdom makes alot of money", true and it costs alot to operate it. Does anyone think that there's just cash sitting around for such things? NO, they'll raise ticket prices, any insurance the park has will raise rates on their policyholders. Those supporting this, well I hope your home and cars are with the same company. Those "victims" will blow their settlement on cars, trucks and flat screens, apply for disability and die a burden on society. Lose a limb, get $$. Emotional "stress" get nothing!!
  • by What Location: Richmond on Jun 19, 2008 at 08:33 AM
    A current richmond figure head almost killed me when I was 9 by giving me a 5mg instead of 0.5mg perscription. My parents took $2,000 and avoided court. Wheres my 5million that all these idiots want these days?
  • by Berea Location: Berea on Jun 19, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    On the contrary, I think anyone who was on the ride that day when the accident occurred should sue.
  • by Renae Location: Richmond on Jun 19, 2008 at 06:55 AM
    Jeeez lets get a lil greedy, oh my friend got her legs cut off i need money for my suffering, thats BS if you ask me they didnt suffer in any way that she did. They need to quit focusing on themselves and quit being greedy they should be greatful they still have their legs.
  • by Stephanie Location: Lancaster on Jun 19, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    I would say those children are very traumatized by seeing their friend's feet being yanked off while hanging in the middle of the air. I know I would be and I am more than twice their age. Kentucky Kingdom makes A LOT of money operating those rides and does not take the proper precautions to ensure that these types of useless accidents do not happen. They are more interested in profits than the safety of the riders; therefore, they should be held accountable for the damage their negligence has caused.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 19, 2008 at 05:31 AM
  • by Hayley on Jun 18, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    I heard about it on the news when it happened and it greatly disturbed me. I still believe I need counseling after hearing about it. Please add me on the that money train law suit. Contact me at 1-800-I-SUE-YOU


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