Judge: Teens Can Join KY Amusement Park Suit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ruled that two teenagers can
join a lawsuit against Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom involving an
accident last summer that severed a girl's feet at the amusement
park.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Barry Willett ruled Friday that
Blair Johnson and Arin Valsted, both of Louisville, may join the
case filed by the parents of 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter.

The Courier-Journal reported on its web site that Willett denied
a request from the parents of the two teens to join the suit in
connection with the accident June 21, 2007.

The parents were seeking damages for emotional distress and
travel expenses for providing for their children's care.

But Willett said state law does not allow the parents to sue in this
case.

An attorney for Johnson and Valsted said the teens, who were
riding with Lasitter when the ride malfunctioned, suffered cuts and
bruises and have required ongoing psychological counseling.

Attorneys have until Sept. 1 to respond to the judge's ruling.

Lasitter's feet were cut off above the ankles when a cable broke
on the Superman Tower of Power ride.

Doctors reattached her right foot, but she had to have some of her left leg amputated and subsequent surgeries.

The ride has been dismantled. State officials blamed a faulty cable and slow response by an amusement park ride operator in the accident.

A Jan. 5, 2010 trial date has been set in the case.

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


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