Settlement reached in Darien Lake roller coaster death

Jan 8, 2013

A settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against Darien Lake Theme Park by the family of a double amputee Iraq veteran who was killed when he fell out of a roller coaster.

The Buffalo News reports 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 is not being released. The lawyers say Hackemer's two young daughters will be the primary beneficiaries. 

Hackemer fell from the Ride of Steel roller coaster in 2011.

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.