The magic question - Why did the safety strap loosen? - is not addressed in the story. If the deceased did something to loosen the strap, then that's one thing, and the whole prosecution is bogus. But, if the strap loosened by itself, and if it loosened because of gross negligence on the part of the amusement park's personnel, than perhaps the charge is thoroughly justified.
So, I went to the Nashville Tennessean website, and came up with this story:
''This is more than just carelessness or someone not tightening a bolt,'' said R. Price Nimmo, a Nashville attorney representing Alexander's family.
Investigators contend that a safety system had been bypassed that was supposed to prevent the machine from operating unless all of the safety harnesses were secured, Nimmo said...
Nimmo said a similar incident happened on the same ride less than a year earlier, but the man who came out of his safety harness was able to hang on until the ride could be stopped. That incident could not be verified independently last night.
If that's the case, Dave, then I suspect that the charges are more than justified...
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