Orlando Sentinel has reported that Jose Calderon Arana collapsed and died shortly after riding the trackless 3D dark ride on Dec. 10, 2016, only a few months after the attraction first opened. In the lawsuit filed last week in Orange Circuit Court, the family is seeking more than $15,000.
In the lawsuit, the family is claiming that Universal should have posted warning signs for guests of the “potential for cardiovascular incident” in Spanish for tourists who do not speak English. The family has not revealed if Arana had previous medical conditions prior to experiencing the attraction. The lawsuit also says Universal was negligent by delaying in rendering aid to Arana.
The wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Arana’s wife, Jennifer Dayan Tellez Lopez de Calderon, and their son, Jose Ernesto Calderon Tellez. The family is seeking to recover medical and funeral expenses, lost income, as well as the losses for mental pain and suffering.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the medical examiner’s office was notified of his death but did not conduct an autopsy. Additionally, there has been no mention of anyone having health problems or dying during or after experiencing the ride. This information is required by law to be reported to the state of any medical issues that require at least 24 hours of hospitalization.
Company spokesman Tom Schroder has spoken on the incident by stating, “Universal was in compliance with its agreement with the state.”
For those who are not familiar with this newer attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong first opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in July 2016. As stated on the Universal Orlando website, “The experience lets guests brave the dangers of a mysterious island on a treacherous journey into the dark heart of the jungle.” The ride is most similar to Fast & Furious – Supercharged at Universal Orlando, where guests journey into a 3D environment on a ride vehicle similar to that of a bus. During the attraction, guests can experience dynamic and sudden accelerations, dramatic tilting, and jarring actions.
Source: Orlando Sentinel