The family of Tyler Jarrell, the 18-year-old killed July 26 when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, has retained the law firm of Kitrick, Lewis & Harris to investigate the incident and handle the wrongful death case. Tyler had joined the Marines the week before, and was looking forward to serving his country. He was a quartermaster with the Columbus Police Department Explorer Club, and also worked at McDonald’s while finishing high school.

jarrell“Everyone who knew Tyler is grief-stricken and in shock,” said Tyler’s mother, Amber Duffield. “We just need to know how and why this happened, and whether it could have been avoided. We hope our demand for real answers will save others from being hurt or killed because of bad or dangerous amusement park rides.”

Kitrick, Lewis & Harris has retained the professional services of Introtech to investigate and reconstruct the tragic incident and determine how and why it happened. The investigators will work with the State Highway patrol, the Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, the City of Columbus, and any other agencies involved to ensure that the evidence is preserved and the incident is fully examined and explained.

“Tyler was a good young man, with a bright future ahead of him,” said attorney Mark Kitrick. “This was a senseless, tragic incident that likely could have been avoided. Our only goal in filing a wrongful death suit is to obtain justice for Tyler.”

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Mark Kitrick
Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co., L.P.A.
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Cincinnati Local 12
Amusement Park Tragedy: A Family Changed Forever

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Family of Ohio State Fair victim pursues wrongful death lawsuit

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Family of teen killed at Ohio State Fair to file wrongful death lawsuit

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Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co., L.P.A.
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Ohio law may shield Fire Ball manufacturer in fatal fair accident

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