BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A settlement has been reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed against a western New York amusement park by the family of a double amputee Iraq veteran killed when he fell out of a roller coaster.
The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/U0eI6J) that lawyers for Darien Lake Theme Park and Resort and James Hackemer's family say a seven-figure settlement has been reached. The exact amount isn't being released. The lawyers say Hackemer's two young daughters will be the beneficiaries.
The 29-year-old Army sergeant lost both legs to a roadside bomb.
In July 2011, Hackemer was at Darien Lake with his family when he fell out of a car on the Ride of Steel coaster, landing on the ground about 150 feet below.
State officials determined operator error was to blame for the accident.
Information from: The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com