July 9, 2011, - 11:46 pm
This is so very sad. American soldier James Hackemer survived two tours of duty in Iraq, died twice on the battlefield, and though he lost both his legs to an IED, lived to tell about it and return home to his family in upstate New York. Tragically, he was thrown from a roller coaster and died. At least he died doing something he wanted to do.
Sgt. James Hackemer, Rest In Peace
However, I think that amusement parks may want to consider limiting the ability of those without their legs from riding roller coasters and other rides in which the velocity and lack of legs to keep a human body grounded inside the car of the ride may cause this kind of tragic accident. (That, or they will have to have more secure harnesses, seatbelts, and restraining bars in the rides, but they had that in this particular ride, and it didn’t prevent him from falling out.) Yes, I am sure that such a policy will lead to greedy, sleazy lawyers filing unworthy Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits, but those are preferable to losing lives like that of Hackemer, a father to two children. His death is Exhibit A of why such a policy is necessary. The ride’s speed was 50 miles per hour, and without legs, it must be very difficult to stay grounded and anchored inside the roller coaster car.
Say a prayer for James Hackemer and his widow and children. May he rest in peace.
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