The New York State Department of Labors' investigation into the "Ride of Steel" at Darien Lake, concluded that the death of Sgt. James Hackemer on July 8, was "the result of operator error."
Signage visibly posted on the ride stated that riders were required to have both legs, because the safety devices in use restrain the legs, shins and laps of the riders to hold them in the ride's car.
Sgt. Hackemer lost both legs serving in Iraq in 2008. He was killed when he fell from the coaster.
Two violations were issued by the DOL, one for operators who were not properly trained and another for operators who were not familiar with the safety requirements of the Ride of Steel.
Now that the investigation has been concluded, and some new safety measures have been complied with, the Ride of Steel has been re-opened.
RIP and THANKS to Sgt. Hackemer.