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Darien Lake Theme Park may be off the hook.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster says at this point, it does not appear that any criminal charges will be filed against the popular amusement park, in relation to a deadly rollercoaster accident that happened late Friday.

29-year-old Iraqi war veteran James Hackemer was killed when he was thrown from "The Ride of Steel.” Hackemer had lost both of his legs in Iraq, and was riding a coaster that only has lap restraints.

In this morning’s Buffalo News, Hackemer’s family was quoted, saying they do not hold Darien Lake accountable.

Chief Brewster says the investigation cannot be termed “complete” until the State Department of Labor issues its final report on the accident. But he did indicate that, for the most part, his department’s investigations have been completed.

Darien Lake Theme Park today removed an apologetic message from its website.

“The Ride of Steel” remains closed.

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# Amy L Platten
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:00 PM
How can there be criminal charges brought against Darien Lake for the accident that happened last Friday? It would not make any sense. The ride operators can only suggest to someone without legs that they recommend that the person not ride the ride, but it is ultimately up to the person if they choose to ride. I am sure that is what happened.
Friday, September 02, 2011 7:13 AM
This is the pefrcet way to break down this information.

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