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Memorial brick honoring Tyler Jarrell to installed at Ohio State Fairgrounds

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Tyler Jarrell, 18, died opening day of the Ohio State Fair in 2017 when the Fire Ball ride broke apart (WSYX/WTTE).{ }

Nearly two years after a ride accident at the Ohio State Fair killed 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell, a memorial brick honoring his life is set to be placed at the fairgrounds Monday morning.

The brick with Jarrell's name is scheduled to be installed at 10:00 a.m. just past the Cardinal Gate, where honorary and memorial bricks are placed every year.

According to the state fair website, the memorial brick program began in 2016 as a way for people to honor "those who have had a longstanding relationship with the Ohio State Fair."

Jarrell's mom, Amber Duffield, told ABC 6/ FOX 28 she called about the brick program earlier this year, but she missed the April 1 deadline.

The Ohio Expo Center told her not to worry, she said, and the expo center's general manager covered the cost of the brick.

Duffield said she was also offered fair admission and parking tickets.

Jarrell died when a corroded support beam on the Fire Ball ride broke off opening day of the state fair in 2017, sending riders onto the midway. The accident injured six other riders, including Jarrell's girlfriend. Another rider, Jennifer Lambert, died a year later, although her attorney said her death was unrelated to her injuries.

Ohio lawmakers are considering toughening standards for amusement ride inspections. Legislation named for Jarrell has passed the House and has moved to the Senate.

Jarrell's mom and Fire Ball rider Tamica Dunlap have filed a lawsuit against Fire Ball manufacturer KMG, alleging it designed a defective product and knew about it at least five years before the deadly malfunction.

KMG hasn't responded to a request for comment on that lawsuit.

For the first time in 26 years, a new company, Talley Amusements, is supplying the rides at the Ohio State Fair, which opens July 24.






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