Boy hurt in 2000 Disneyland accident dies When he was 4 years old, Brandon Zucker suffered severe injuries when he was trapped underneath a Disneyland ride. He died early this morning at CHOC.
By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ
The Orange County Register Comments 1
Brandon Zucker, a Santa Clarita boy who suffered brain damage after being trapped under the car of a Disneyland park ride in Sept. 2000, which was followed by several changes to the theme park, died early this morning.
At the age of four, the young boy was badly injured when he fell from Disneyland's Roger Rabbit ride and was dragged about 10 feet, trapped underneath the car. He suffered serious internal injuries, went into cardiac arrest and suffered brain damage. He was unable to walk or talk after the accident.
Zucker, who was 13, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange after he was unresponsive at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at his father's Anaheim home, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
He was later transferred Children's Hospital of Orange County, where he was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m. today, Amormino said.
An autopsy that was conducted this morning was inconclusive as to the cause of death, he said.
After the 2000 incident, Zucker's family sued Disneyland, a case which was settled under undisclosed terms.
Less than a year after the incident, Disneyland revamped several of its safety procedures, such as staffing paramedics in the park, instructing employees to dial 9-1-1 directly in case of an accident and making mechanical changes to the Roger Rabbit ride. At the time of the changes, Disney officials said the changes were not made because of the Sept. 2000 incident where Brandon was injured.
Details to come