Update: Kentucky Teen Injured at Park Talks about her Ordeal

May 16, 2008

A Massachusetts congressman hopes a Kentucky girl whose feet were severed on an amusement park ride last year will help persuade Congress to pass legislation that would subject such rides to federal regulation.

The Courier-Journal reports that 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter of Louisville and Rep. Ed Markey spoke at a news conference in Washington on May 14. Lassiter’s feet were severed when a ride malfunctioned at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville last June.

Currently rides at traveling carnivals or church socials fall under federal regulation, but fixed-site rides at amusement parks like Six Flags do not.

Markey calls it a dangerous double-standard that defies common sense.

Lassiter’s right foot was reattached and she uses a prosthesis on her left.

She described not being able to go to the mall with her friends, having to use crutches or a wheelchair and holding on to her father to get around.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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