Final settlement reached in suit over State Fair ride accident
Posted May 11, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — A family of four injured when they were thrown from a ride at the North Carolina State Fair in 2013 have reached a settlement with the fair's midway operator.
The settlement with Powers Great American Midways is expected to end the suit, as the family reached settlements in December with the other three defendants in the case.
The Vortex started moving Oct. 24, 2013, while people were getting off the ride, throwing a number of people off.
Anthony Gorham suffered brain, skull, neck and spinal cord injuries as a result and spent nearly four months in a local hospital. His wife, Alisha Gorham, and her son and her niece were also seriously injured.
A criminal investigation found that a safety mechanism designed to keep The Vortex from moving had been disabled. Wake County authorities later arrested ride operator Timothy Tutterrow and owner Joshua Macaroni on three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.
The Gorhams already settled with both men and with Family Attractions Amusement LLC, which operated the ride.
A judge must still sign off on the confidential settlements.
The family was seeking $150 million in the suit, including $100 million in punitive damages, arguing that the defendants were more interested in making money than they were about ride-goers' safety.
Anthony Gorham will require medical care for the rest of his life, and medical bills for the family could exceed more than $30 million over their lifetimes, the family's attorney estimated previously.