Trial date set in Kentucky Kingdom accident - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Trial date set in Kentucky Kingdom accident

It's going to be nearly two years before the case of a girl whose feet were severed at Kentucky Kingdom goes to court. 

The judge is urging Kaitlyn Lasitter's family and Kentucky Kingdom to reach a settlement.  Otherwise, the trial is a while off.  Circuit Judge Barry Willet set January 5, 2010 for the trial.  He also urged the parties to continue to attempt a settlement.

The Lasitter family is suing Kentucky Kingdom for an unspecified amount of money claming it failed to properly maintain rides at the amusement park.

The Judge wanted to make sure there is plenty of time for lawyers to prepare for trial given the complexity of the case and the amount of paperwork involved.

The lawsuit alleges that Kentucky Kingdom was negligent in inspecting, maintaining and testing the Superman Tower of Power ride.  Kaitlyn Lasitter's feet were severed when a cable on the ride snapped.  Doctors were able to re-attach only her right foot.

Kentucky Kingdom has since dismantled the ride.

According to the lawsuit Kaitlyn has suffered permanent injury and emotional pain.

In a previous statement Kentucky Kingdom has said that its working with the family to ensure Kaitlyn is taken care of for the rest of her life.  But the amusemement park denies liablity in the accident.

The park's lawyer said Wednesday that its likely the ride manufacturer of the Tower of Power will become a third party defendent.

Two other girls who were on the ride with Kaitlyn have asked to join the lawsuit.

Judge Willett says he will rule on that later this week.

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