I am in shock that this happened. I guess I am kind of luck and unlucky in this situation.
My son is 4 years old and is 44 inches tall. His dad is 6'3, i'm 5'7. So he will be tall when he gets older. But in the same situation, he won't ride anything. He is autistic, and he refuses to go anywhere near ANY ride but a swing. And that took over 6 months to get him used to that.
Just today, I took him on the Carousel in the mall...he screamed the entire time. But when it comes to autistic kids, if they can become tolerant to something, then it's ok, just getting him to do it, is a challenge.
I don't know why the parents took him on the ride. I don't know maybe they thought it was a "tame" ride. I don't know. I am deeply sorry it had to happen. A little boy lost his life, and it shouldn't have happened. If he met the height requirement, then he was able to ride, but I agree with whom ever said, it should be the parents responsibility to ride first to see if they think their kid could take that kind of stress.
Katie, my thoughts and prayers are out to that family in their darkest hour.