State seeks fine, criminal charges in teen’s tower ride death at Orlando theme park
The Orlando Free Fall drop tower in ICON Park in Orlando is pictured on Monday, March 28, 2022. - Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has determined the operator of the Orlando Free Fall, the ride from which 14-year-old tourist Tyre Sampson fell to his death in March, broke numerous laws in operating the ride and is seeking to fine the company over $250,000. During a Tuesday press conference, Agriculture CommissionerNikki Fried said her department is forwarding its investigative findings to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which will determine any applicable criminal charges. The state agency’s nearly eight-month investigation found that Orlando S...