Settlement in Iraq vet's fatal fall from coaster

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:34 AM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed against a western New York amusement park by the family of a double amputee Iraq veteran killed when he fell out of a roller coaster.

The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/U0eI6J ) that lawyers for Darien Lake Theme Park and Resort and James Hackemer's family say a seven-figure settlement has been reached. The exact amount isn't being released. The lawyers say Hackemer's two young daughters will be the beneficiaries.

The 29-year-old Army sergeant lost both legs to a roadside bomb.

In July 2011, Hackemer was at Darien Lake with his family when he fell out of a car on the Ride of Steel coaster, landing on the ground about 150 feet below.

State officials determined operator error was to blame for the accident.

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Information from: The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com

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