Two separate lawsuits were filed this week against a Chicago theme park in relation to a toddler who fell to his death from one of the park’s roller coaster rides on April 2.
The parents of 3-year-old Jayson Dansby are suing Go Bananas indoor amusement park in Norridge, Illinois, saying that negligence led to their child’s death. An attorney for the parents, Jason and Lisa Dansby, is arguing that the Python Pit roller coaster would not stop when the ride’s operator saw the boy in trouble and attempted to halt it.
"The parents ... who were there, saw that little Jayson was standing up in the ride and began screaming to the operator to stop the ride," attorney Patrick Salvi said. "By her (the operator's) own statement to police, it would not stop."
Also suing Go Bananas, in a completely separate suit, is Marion Grant, a woman who says is suffering emotional distress after witnessing the boy’s death. Although unrelated to the boy, Grant says she came to the aid of Jayson when he fell, and has suffered emotional anxiety from the incident.
Go Bananas has not commented on either suit, but it did release a statement extending their “sincere condolences to the family of Jayson Dansby," then quickly pointing out that "[n]o public official has found any incident of human error or mechanical failure connected with this matter."