Judge denies request for expedited trial in amusement park accident case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A judge has denied a request to expedite a civil trial against an amusement park in Louisville where a teen's feet were severed when a ride malfunctioned.

The family of 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter sought to move up the date of the trial in the lawsuit against Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. It is set for Jan. 12, 2010.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Barry Willett said in a ruling issued Thursday that the date is reasonable due the complexity of the case.

Cables on the Superman Tower of Power ride snapped on June 21, 2007, shearing off the teen's feet.

Lasitter and her family sued, claiming the park failed to maintain the ride and equipment and ensure riders' safety. In court filings, the amusement park has denied liability in the accident.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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