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We may finally get some answers tomorrow morning on that tragic rollercoaster death at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha confirms to WBTA that a news conference will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, regarding the Sheriff’s Department investigation into the tragic accident.

On Friday, 29-year-old Iraqi War veteran James Hackemer was killed in a fall from “The Ride of Steel” at Darien Lake. Hackemer had lost both of his legs in the war, and “Ride of Steel” had only hip restraints to hold him in.

The Sheriff’s Department has met with the State Department of Labor and has closed its investigation. Yesterday afternoon, Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster said it seemed unlikely any criminal charges would be filed.

Sheriff Maha declined to release any further details today.


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# Amy L Platten
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:02 PM
It will be interesting to see what the investigators have to say about the accident. It will also be interesting to see what the State Department of Labor has to say also.
# Geoff Redick
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 9:23 PM

The news conference will only involve the Genesee County Sheriff's Department.

The New York State Department of Labor is still tying up loose ends of their own investigation, according to Sheriff Maha. And Darien Lake Theme Park has maintained that they will reserve their own statements until the conclusion of all investigations.

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