A 13-year-old boy who fell from a roller coaster at Florida's Cypress Gardens on Saturday is hospitalized in intensive care.
A sheriff's spokeswoman says the boy was facing the cars behind him on the Triple Hurricane roller coaster so the lap bar was not secure across his legs. She says he was forced out of the car as the ride approached a sharp turn and he fell ten to 12 feet to the grass below.
Cypress Gardens says the boy acted on a dare to maneuver out of
his restraint and stood up before falling. But the sheriff's spokeswoman says the relatives are disputing the account.
The Winter Haven park reopened the coaster Sunday morning after the state's inspection reported no problems with the ride.