July 11, 2011

Death by rollercoaster

What a horrific story.

Double amputee Iraq war veteran dies after he was flung off roller coaster at 50 mph

An Iraq war veteran who lost both his legs to an IED attack has died after being flung from a roller coaster.
Sergeant James Hackemer, 29, died after falling from the Ride of Steel roller coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park, Syracuse, New York.

He was visiting the park with his daughters, sisters and other members of the family. He was on the ride with his nephew, Ashton, a sophomore at the University at Buffalo, when the tragic accident happened.

 Sgt James Hackemer

According to park officials, Mr Hackemer was travelling at 50 mph in the front row of the roller coaster when he was ejected. Investigators say nothing mechanical was wrong with the ride and both the safety harness and restraining bar were working.

Speaking to 9WSYR.com, Heather Comer - who was at the park at the time of the accident - spoke to a witness who saw the accident.

Mrs Comer said: 'She was shaking pretty bad and she said yeah some guy just fell out of the superman like in front of me. 'And, supposedly, they said he didn't have any legs. And so he went over a hill and he had fallen out.'

In March 2007, Mr Hackemer nearly lost his life after both legs were blown when his vehicle hit an IED. Mr Hackemer had spent three years of rehabilitation before his March 18 release from Walter Reed Army Medical Centre.

May he rest in peace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at July 11, 2011 11:58 AM | Permalink