Timothy Tutterrow, suspect in State Fair Vortex accident, bonds out of jail

From staff reportsNovember 21, 2013 

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Timothy Tutterrow, center, makes his first appearance in a Wake County Courtroom in Raleigh, NC on Oct. 28, 2013. He faces criminal charges related to a ride malfunction that injured 5 people at the N.C. State Fair Thursday night.

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— A man accused of tampering with the Vortex ride at the N.C. State Fair has posted bond and left custody.

Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, 46, was charged Oct. 26 in connection with the ride’s malfunction. Five people were hospitalized when the Vortex, for which Tutterrow was an operator, spun into motion while riders were trying to off-load.

A judge on Monday reduced Tutterrow’s bond from $225,000 to $100,000 at the request of Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, the Associate Press reported. Tutterrow posted his bond and left custody that day, according to county records.

The ride’s owner, Joshua Gene Macaroni, also was charged Nov. 7 in the incident. Investigators haven’t said how they believe Macaroni was involved in the incident, but they suspect that Tutterrow tampered with a safety device, potentially allowing the ride to start while harnesses weren’t secure.

Macaroni posted bond and left custody immediately after his arrest. Both men are due back in court Dec. 18.

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