Lawsuit Over Amusement Park Incident Settled

Lawsuit Over Amusement Park Incident SettledThe owner of an Ohio amusement park has resolved the last of many lawsuits stemming from an incident on a rollercoaster that injured 27 people by settling for an undisclosed amount.

According to United Press International, Kentucky resident Jonathan Yanik had claimed in his personal injury lawsuit that he was on the Son of Beast wooden coaster in 2006 when a faulty support caused a severely bumpy ride which caused Yanik to suffer a shoulder injury that required surgery to correct. He originally sought $350,000 in punitive damages and $500,000 in compensatory damages.

The rollercoaster was temporarily shut down after the incident, and was closed for good after another complaint in 2009. Rick Schmizze, a state official who investigated the incident, found that the amusement park management had known about problems with the coaster since 2000, the Dayton Daily News reports. 

"They would fix them in a Band-Aid style and then wait and see what happened," he said. "They never really stopped and said 'we’ve got a problem with this ride as a whole.'"