posted on July 11, 2011 07:19
The family of a disabled Iraq war veteran, who plunged to his death from a roller coaster at Darien Lake, holds no hostility toward the amusement park.
The sister of James Hackemer said her brother died doing just what he wanted to do.
James fell from the Ride of Steel roller coaster at Darien Lake on Friday afternoon.
James lost both legs in Iraq. One was amputated at the hip, the other just about the knee.
He was not wearing prosthetics at the time and had to be helped into the front seat of the coaster.
His sister was quoted in yesterday’s edition of the Buffalo News, “we in no shape or form hold Darien Lake accountable.”
That may not be enough to spare the amusement park legal scrutiny.
An investigation is continuing by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the State Labor Department.
Darien Lake has expressed condolences to the family but has refused to answer questions from reporters about the incident.
Two pilots escaped serious injury over the weekend at the Geneseo Air Show.
One aircraft stalled on landing and fell about 20 feet to the ground.
Four people on board were injured; two were taken to Strong Memorial for treatment. The other two were treated at the scene.
In a separate incident, another aircraft lost power in the sky and had to make a controlled powerless glide to the ground. The landing gear caught some cornstalks and caused the plane to flip over.
The pilot was trapped briefly by his safety harness. He was treated at the scene.
The Batavia City Council meets tonight.
On the council’s business agenda is a public hearing and amendment, to a local law changing just one word on the city’s books.
Currently, a local law prohibits alcohol consumption in all public places “except” in picnic areas in public parks.
Council is aiming to change the word except to the word “include.” The amendment would effectively outlaw public drinking on all city-owned property.
Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing the federal government to shutdown Internet sites that sell prescription drugs without checking for a prescription.
Schumer says he's calling on the U.S. Justice Department to shut down these websites and will ask credit card companies to block payments for such drugs.