ABC News reports that the operator of a ride at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after having injured five people that were exiting a ride. Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, 46, was apprehended after inflicting serious bodily injury to five people in Raleigh. Tutterrow, of Quitman, Ga., is facing three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the ride had been tampered with after an inspection that was carried out Monday. “After inspection of the ride, we determined that ... critical safety devices were compromised,” Harrison said. The ride in question is called the “Vortex,” which Tutterrow operates as an independent contractor.
The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, when witnesses said the ride suddenly started up again after the ride had ended, and people were already exiting. According to Fox News, three people remain hospitalized, identified as Anthony Gorham, 29, Kisha Gorham, 39, and a 14-year-old who is related to the two. Sheriff Harrison confirms to CNN that the investigation is ongoing and more arrests in connection to the incident may be possible.
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