NC - State Fair ride operator arrested for tampering with ride. 5 injured.

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  1. Skittles

    Skittles Active Member

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    "The investigation into Thursday's ride accident at the N.C. State Fair has led to the arrest of a 46-year-old man who operated the ride.

    Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison announced Saturday night that Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow of Georgia has been charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.

    'After inspection of the ride, we determined that it had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised,' said Harrison."

    More at:

    http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9300380


    Ride operator arrested in connection with State Fair accident

    http://www.wral.com/authorities-expected-to-give-update-on-investigation-into-state-fair-ride-accident/13041734/



    NC State Fair ride operator accused of tampering with Vortex:

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/26/3315778/nc-state-fair-ride-operator-arrested.html
     
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    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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  4. Skittles

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    "A ride operator facing assault charges over injuries from a ride at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh made his first appearance in court Monday, with the Wake County district attorney saying there are still unanswered questions about what happened.

    Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, 46, of Quitman, Ga., faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury. Each count is punishable by up to eight years in prison."

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    http://www.wral.com/-vortex-operator-absolutely-devastated-attorney-says/13047721/
     
  5. Skittles

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    "An N.C. State Fair worker charged with injuring five people by tampering with a ride will remain in the Wake County Detention Center after a judge refused to reduce his $225,000 bond during a first appearance on Monday.

    Timothy Tutterrow, 46, of Quitman, Ga., is accused of altering the safety systems on the Vortex, resulting in an incident that injured five people Thursday night when the machine launched after ridersÂ’ safety harnesses had been released. Three people remain hospitalized."

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    http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/28/3321044/judge-refuses-to-reduce-bail-for.html
     
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    "The owner of The Vortex ride, which authorities say was tampered with when five people were seriously injured at the North Carolina State Fair last month, surrendered to authorities Thursday afternoon, a day after being charged in the case.

    Joshua Gene Macaroni, 32, of Quitman, Ga., faces two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and one count of felony assault on a juvenile with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in the Oct. 24 incident."

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    "Three people remain hospitalized at WakeMed in Raleigh."

    More at:

    http://www.wral.com/vortex-owner-surrenders-on-charges-stemming-from-state-fair-injuries/13087619/
     
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    "The attorney for a fair ride owner facing criminal charges after several people were hurt at the North Carolina State Fair is asking a judge to expedite access to the ride to assist in his client's defense."

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    " 'Given that the outdoor elements may naturally destroy potentially exculpatory evidence, Mr. Macaroni requests an expedited hearing and immediate access to the ride for inspection, examination and testing,' Boyce wrote in the motion."

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    http://www.wral.com/vortex-owner-surrenders-on-charges-stemming-from-state-fair-injuries/13228466/
     
  9. HawksGirl

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    I wonder how they're sure it was this specific ride operator who disabled the safety function, as opposed to someone else?
     
  10. Skittles

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    "When inspectors checked to see if the repairs had been made, Cummings said, someone overheard Macaroni tell Tutterrow to stand behind him to block people's view as he installed wiring in the electrical box to bypass safety mechanisms on The Vortex."

    More at:

    http://www.wral.com/da-owner-sabotaged-state-fair-ride/13236090/
     
  11. Skittles

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    See my post before this one. They have a witness that saw the owner modify the wiring while the operator guarded him.

    I wish the witness had found a ride inspector or an official and reported it earlier.
     
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    http://www.wral.com/ride-operator-a...controls-before-state-fair-accident/13741463/

    http://www.wncn.com/story/27597266/...ir-ride-reached-partial-settlement-in-lawsuit

     

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