posted on July 11, 2011 14:56
Darien Lake Theme Park may be off the hook.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster says at this point, it does not appear that any criminal charges will be filed against the popular amusement park, in relation to a deadly rollercoaster accident that happened late Friday.
29-year-old Iraqi war veteran James Hackemer was killed when he was thrown from "The Ride of Steel.” Hackemer had lost both of his legs in Iraq, and was riding a coaster that only has lap restraints.
In this morning’s Buffalo News, Hackemer’s family was quoted, saying they do not hold Darien Lake accountable.
Chief Brewster says the investigation cannot be termed “complete” until the State Department of Labor issues its final report on the accident. But he did indicate that, for the most part, his department’s investigations have been completed.
Darien Lake Theme Park today removed an apologetic message from its website.
“The Ride of Steel” remains closed.