Family of man killed in fall from roller coaster reaches settlement
Darien Lake to pay kin annuity worth 7 figures
BY: PHIL FAIRBANKS
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
The goal was always to look out for James T. Hackemer’s two young girls.
A seven-figure settlement of his wrongful-death suit against the Darien Lake amusement park where he fell from a roller coaster should go a long way toward doing that.
Lawyers for the two sides said Hackemer’s daughters, Kaelynn and Addison, both under age 10, will be the primary beneficiaries of a recent settlement of the double amputee’s federal court lawsuit.
Hackemer, 29, of Gowanda, a decorated Iraq War veteran, died after he was ejected from a 208-foot-high roller coaster during a family outing in July 2011.
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Iraq vet, double amputee, killed when tossed by roller coaster