Skydiving Quadriplegic's Death Raises Questions of Safety for Disabled Thrill Seekers

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Should People With Disabilities Face Different Safety Standards?

Safety regulations for disabled thrill seekers made headlines in July when U.S. Army Sgt. James Hackemer, an Iraq War veteran and double amputee, died after being ejected from the "Ride of Steel" rollercoaster at Darien Lake Theme Park in upstate New York. Despite park rules that riders "must have upper body control, two legs and the complete use of at least one hand" and that "no artificial limbs may be worn," Hackemer reportedly boarded the ride unchallenged by park employees. His family recently filed a wrongful death suit against the park.

Fogle's fall, on the other hand, has been ruled an accident -- an unfortunate series of events stemming from a risk he happily accepted.

"Live to the point of tears," is listed as one of Fogle's favorite quotes on Facebook. The other: "Remember, Zack, if you can't be safe, be spectacular."

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