Hawk (Rockin' Raceway)

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

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


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]


  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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