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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Amputee Iraq veteran's family settles lawsuit after roller coaster death

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

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