College Athlete Claiming He Lost his Season After Being Run Over by Scooter is Suing Walt Disney World
According to a report by Orlando Sentinel, a college basketball player is suing Walt Disney World after being run into by a scooter while at the resort, claiming it cost him his season.
David Maynard from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, suffered the incident while at Disney’s Hollywood Studios back in May 2018. According to the recent lawsuit against the resort, the crash resulted in Maynard having severed 97% of his left Achilles tendon, requiring surgery and extensive physical rehabilitation.
Maynard’s suit wouldn’t be the first filed against Walt Disney World for scooter-related injuries, as last August a woman filed a claim after an injury sustained on a resort bus, and in January 2019 a claim was made after another woman was run over in EPCOT. Maynard is seeking more than $30,000 in his lawsuit, which was filed this month in Orange Circuit Court, on the grounds of “great pain and anguish of the body and mind”. Spokeswoman for Disney Andrea Finger has stated “This matter is between two guests, and we will respond to the allegations as appropriate in court”.
According to findings by Orlando Sentinel, Maynard was the second most accurate three-point shooter for the Colgate Raiders, who compete in the Patriot League. The school website states that he missed the entire 2018-2019 season with the injury.
There is no doubt that mobility vehicles are a necessity to many park goers, so it is unlikely that lawsuits such as Maynard’s – which accuses Disney of allowing them too close to pedestrians – will achieve a park-wide ban on the scooters.
Do you agree that scooters present a problem within the theme parks, or do you believe it is the duty of the pedestrian to ensure a safe distance is kept? Stay tuned to WDWNT for updates.