Boy from landmark Disneyland incident dies
Published: January 26, 2009 at 1:57 PM
Zucker, then 4, suffered brain damage when he flew out of the Toontown dark ride vehicle and was dragged and trapped underneath it. A state investigator later faulted design flaws on the theme park ride, and Disney settled a lawsuit with the family. Zucker was left unable to walk or talk after the incident.
Now 13, the boy was taken to the hospital on Sunday, where he died this morning. No cause has been announced.
The Zucker incident was one of several highly publicized injuries and fatalities at Disneyland Park under the Paul Pressler management team in the late 1990s and early 2000s, incidents that galvanized public opposition to Disney management at the time. That opposition ultimately contributed to the ouster of Disney chief Michael Eisner as well as the installation of a new management team at Disneyland and the other Disney theme parks.