It sounds as if this may be the second accident at KI that could be attributed to a pre-existing. Word is, that the state has check out Son of Beast and have not noted any issues. If they examine the Firehawk, I expect the same.
It's also so sad these stories - people come out to the parks to have fun and thrills and end up with heartache and tragedy.
I'm pretty sure that Cedar Fair will inspect the ride top to bottom themselves if the state doesn't do so before opening it again. I do believe that Son of Beast cleared it's inspection recently, although who knows if it will open again this year or not.
Most importantly though, my prayers go out to the family. Nobody goes to the park expecting something like this to happen. Parks are almost always a safe place, an escape from your troubles and worries, and it's always a tragedy when someone is lost.
God bless his family!
I recently turned 52, and for the most part, can still ride anything with a few exceptions (Son of Beast is one of them!) But should anything happen to me while at a park -- I do agree with a few of the other posts that at least it would be while doing something I love.
Like SonOfBeast, which unfortunately KI has decided is too unpopular to re-open even though it was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Although why they are making a decision based on people who hated the ride is beyond me. Every time I was there people were waiting in line to ride, so it's not like everybody was staying away -- and some of us really liked the ride.