Phoenix man dies after accident at trampoline park

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 7 at 6:41 AM

PHOENIX -- Fire officials identify the man who died in a trampoline accident as Ty Thomasson. He was injured on Thursday night and passed away on Sunday at Maricopa Medical Center.

A video from a recent wedding, shows Thomasson, 30, comfortable in front of the crowd, and making them laugh easily.

Pictures posted on Facebook by friends and family members also show a man who liked to have fun.

Thomasson was with a group of friends last Thursday night when he was critically injured after jumping into a foam pit at SkyPark, a brand new indoor trampoline facility near 40th Street and Indian School Road.

He suffered a spinal cord injury and lay immobile, according to witnesses.

Exactly how he jumped into the pit is unclear. A manager says he was trying to do a double front flip, while an online post claims he was diving in backwards.

SkyPark owners wouldn't talk to 3TV on Monday, but a manager did comment on Friday before Thomasson passed away from his injuries.

"We've closed down the foam pit," Shanae Cooley said. "We're going to do our own review because to us, it doesn't make sense."

Amanda Stewart owns a similar park in Chandler, Airworx, and says foam pits prove to be mine fields for injuries.

Of all the trampoline parks in the Valley, Stewart claims hers is the only one without a foam pit.

"You have no idea how deep the foam pit is," she explained. "You don't know what type of foam they've used. You don't know if the foam has been compacted. Yyou don't know if there's something underneath - what's at the bottom of the foam pit or how much weight can it handle?"

There was no answer at Thomasson's Phoenix apartment, where a few candles appeared over the weekend.

His co-workers at Yelp.com, where Thomasson worked as a sales representative, were not ready to make a statement.

A next-door neighbor who didn't really know Thomasson said he always heard him laughing and was shocked to hear the news of his death.

"A little can change can occur and your life can end. I feel for him and his family," Ryan Heenan said.

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