Judge: Teens Can Join Kentucky Amusement Park Suit

August 6, 2008

A judge has ruled that two teenagers can join a lawsuit against Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom involving an accident last summer that severed a girl’s feet at the amusement park.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Barry Willett ruled Aug. 1 that Blair Johnson and Arin Valsted, both of Louisville, may join the case filed by the parents of 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter.

The Courier-Journal reported on its Web site that Willett denied a request from the parents of the two teens to join the suit in connection with the accident June 21, 2007.

The parents were seeking damages for emotional distress and travel expenses for providing for their children’s care. But Willett said state law does not allow the parents to sue in this case.

An attorney for Johnson and Valsted said the teens, who were riding with Lasitter when the ride malfunctioned, suffered cuts and bruises and have required ongoing psychological counseling.

Attorneys have until Sept. 1 to respond to the judge’s ruling.

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