The Skyslide 70 stories above downtown Los Angeles. Courtesy U.S. Bank Tower
The Skyslide 70 stories above downtown Los Angeles. Courtesy U.S. Bank Tower

A man who claims he was hurt riding the sometimes-terrifying glass-enclosed Skyslide perched in space on the side of the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower has sued the managers and operators of the downtown Los Angeles attraction Tuesday.

Juan Gonzalez, who’s seeking unspecified damages against OUE Skyspace LLC and Legends Hospitality LLC, says he was hurt on the first day the attraction was opened to the public in 2016. But he isn’t the first to file such a suit.

At least three others, Candice Coke, Tiffany Arnold and Gayle Yashar, have filed suits in Los Angeles Superior Court over injuries they allegedly suffered while riding the slide.

A representative for OUE Skyspace could not be immediately reached for comment.

Gonzalez says he was injured while going down the slide last June 25. The complaint alleges the slide’s design does not allow riders to slow their speed before reaching the end.

“This increased the risk of serious injury to a rider’s back, which was far beyond the risk assumed by uninformed and unsuspecting riders,” the suit states.

Riders slide from the 70th story to the 69th story of L.A.’s tallest building, a trip that takes about four seconds. The fully enclosed slide is made of clear glass, 1 1/4-inch thick. When riders finish the slide, they emerge onto an open-air, 360-degree observation deck on the 69th floor.

— City News Service

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