Hobart boy injured on Porter County fair ride

2013-07-22T15:45:00Z 2013-07-23T11:51:04Z Hobart boy injured on Porter County fair rideBy Bob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | A 15-year-old Hobart boy struck his head and was injured Saturday while on a carnival ride at the Porter County Fair.

The incident occurred on the Starship ride, which was inspected and found not to have malfunctioned, according to Amy Girton, director of communications and media relations for North American Midway Entertainment of Farmland, Ind.

The ride spins, pinning participants against the walls, she said.

Neither the boy's identity, nor his condition were available Monday.

Fair Manager Kevin Hannon said the ride remains in operation as the fair begins its second and final week.

Hannon lauded the quick response by emergency officials.

"He had very good treatment," Hannon said. "We hope that everything's fine."

According to a press release issued Monday by the Porter County Sheriff's Department, emergency personnel were called to the fairgrounds at 11:37 p.m. Saturday on a report of an unresponsive male subject.

The boy was found on the ground outside the Starship ride with people stabilizing his neck.

The teenager was only able to respond to questions by blinking or moving his eyes. He was transported by medics to an area hospital.

Witnesses told police the teenager hit his head on the Starship ride while it was in motion and had to be carried off the ride by ride operators.

A LaPorte County woman filed a lawsuit in 2005 claiming she was injured while riding the Starship 2000 ride at the Porter County Fair two years earlier.

The ride, also described as pinning riders against the interior walls, had malfunctioned, causing her to strike her head, according to the suit.

The ride owner, Cumberland Valley Shows Inc., had no comment at the time.

The lawsuit came in the wake of another filed on behalf of a 28-year man, who was paralyzed when thrown from a mechanical bull at the county fair six days after the incident involving the Starship 2000.

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