posted on July 14, 2011 07:54
Darien Lake’s own rule book states clearly that persons without legs should not ride its Ride of Steel roller coaster.
But war vet James Hackemer, who lost both legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq, was allowed to ride last Friday.
He slipped out of the front seat of the coaster, and fell to his death.
Although the ride operators violated the park’s rules, their actions did not rise to a criminal offense.
Darien Lake could still be held accountable in a civil lawsuit.
James Hackemer was in the very first seat of the Ride of Steel last Friday. He made it about halfway through when he was thrown out of the car by the sheer force of the ride.
Meanwhile business goes on at Darien Lake and so do the arrests.
26-people were charged following last night’s Kid Rock / Cheryl Crowe concert. Most were charged with underage drinking or drug possession.
Richard Wilson, 16, of Addison, NY was arrested for assaulting a sheriff’s deputy, resisting arrest and selling an imitation drug.
During his arrest a Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy was cut on the forearm. The wound required numerous stitches.
Wilson was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail.
State Police continue to look for a young girl missing from Pavilion.
17-year-old Brittany Hackett was last seen in the early morning hours on Sunday at her York Road home.
Troopers say they do not expect foul play.
Brittany Hackett is approximately 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.
She was last seen wearing jeans and a purple shirt.
Any witnesses or anyone who has information on Brittany Hackett’s whereabouts is asked to call the State Police barracks at 343-2200.
An Attica man is facing charges for an alleged sexual encounter with a 14-year-old boy.
Timothy Klossner is accused of one felony count of Criminal Sexual Acts, and a misdemeanor charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Troopers say Klossner had sexual contact with the the boy two years ago.
Klossner is a former Scout Master with the Boy Scouts in both the Attica and Alexander areas.
He is currently jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Anyone with information on additional suspected crimes involving Klossner is asked to contact State Police in Warsaw at (585) 786-7244.