An Accomack County woman has filed a $1 million personal injury lawsuit against Trimper Rides and Amusements, alleging that a ride operator’s mistakes led to her young son suffering a skull fracture in a fall.
The lawsuit was filed July 23 in U.S. District Court. Raffinee McNeill, 28, of Melfa is the plaintiff and mother of the victim, Jadyn Brewer. The lawsuit does not mention his age, but the ride mentioned in the lawsuit is meant for young children, or “kiddies” as Trimper’s puts it.
According to the complaint, this incident occurred June 28, 2012, when Jaydn was 2 years old. Jadyn, his cousins, and his uncle Stephen Bailey spent the afternoon at Trimper’s Rides. They were on the “Hampton I” ride, a kiddie ride where child-sized cars and trucks go around in a circle. The name Hampton comes from the manufacturer of the ride vehicles.
The complaint alleges that the ride operator abruptly stopped the ride to let another child off. Jadyn thought the ride was over since it had stopped, and he exited his car.
The operator then resumed the ride. The lawsuit alleges she did not check to see whether the tracks were clear or whether the children were secured.
With Jadyn still out of his car, one of the ride vehicles struck him. The “intense impact” of the collision slammed him down, the lawsuit says, and he fracturing his skull on the cement floor. The vehicle injured Jadyn further by dragging him forward.
Next, Jadyn’s uncle alerted the operator to stop the ride, the lawsuit says. The collision allegedly had crushed Jadyn between the tracks and the impact vehicle. Jadyn’s uncle then lifted the car off the child, the suit says.
The lawsuit states that, as a direct result of the accident, Jadyn suffered a traumatic brain injury and nondisplaced left occipital skull fracture. McNeill alleges that the negative effect of her son’s injuries from 25 months ago are still a problem, and the medical bills keep coming.
McNeill is suing for negligence. She is seeking a jury trial and judgment of $1 million for damages, present and future medical costs, and quality of life.
Her attorney, J. Chapman Petersen of Fairfax, Virginia, declined to comment further on the situation, saying the lawsuit speaks for itself. Trimper’s operations manager Brooks Trimper did not return a phone call seeking comment.