Ohio State Fair ride collapse: $1.27 million settlement proposed in 18-year-old's death

Posted at 10:53 AM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 10:59:38-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposed $1.27 million settlement has been announced with the family of an 18-year-old killed in an accident last year at the Ohio State Fair.

Court documents show the parents of Tyler Jarrell would receive $870,000, and the rest would go toward attorney fees and funeral costs.

He died and seven others were injured when the Fire Ball ride broke apart at the fair July 26. Dutch manufacturer KMG previously said the cause was excessive corrosion of a support beam.

Jarrell, who had enlisted as a U.S. Marine recruit just five days before the ride malfunction claimed his life, was scheduled to attend basic training at Parris Island in South Carolina this summer. He planned to become a combat engineer.


An attorney for Jarrell's estate says the proposal is only a partial settlement with the ride's owner and two companies that inspected the ride. The family is continuing their case against KMG and other defendants.

The settlement requires a judge's approval. A court hearing is scheduled for April 18.