Hawk (Rockin' Raceway)

Ride
Hawk
Rockin' Raceway
Location Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1998 to March 14, 2004
Statistics
Manufacturer Zamperla
Product Hawk 24
Type
Capacity 24 riders per cycle
HELP

Hawk was a Ranger located at Rockin' Raceway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA. It was manufactured by Zamperla.[1]

Incidents

On March 14, 2004, a 50-year-old woman fell from the ride to her death. An investigation found jumper wires installed in the control system which bypassed a safety mechanism, allowing the ride to start without all the harnesses being secured. In a subsequent court case, park manager Charles Stanley Martin was accused of installing the wires. Martin instead blamed a Zamperla technician, who had previously returned to fix problems with the platform and motors. Martin was convicted of reckless homicide.[2] In a further lawsuit filed by the family of the dead, Zamperla was found not liable for her death.[1]

The ride was dismantled on April 1, 2004 and put in storage.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gorman, Jeff D. (2010-08-31). "Ride Maker Not Liable for Rider's Death, Court Says". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 2022-04-19.
  2. Grinberg, Emanuella (2005-05-19). "Amusement park manager found guilty of reckless homicide". CNN. Retrieved 2022-04-19.
  3. "Crews dismantle Pigeon Forge ride after deadly fall". WATE.com. 2004-04-01. Archived from the original on 2005-02-27. Retrieved 2022-04-19.

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