Two lawsuits have been filed against Lagoon Corp. One says the amusement park's negligence caused the death of a Bountiful boy who died after falling from a children's roller coaster. The other cites negligence in causing injury to a resident of Pennsylvania.

The wrongful-death suit was filed in 2nd District Court by the parents and other survivors of 6-year-old Ryan Douglas Beckstead and seeks unspecified general and special damages and all costs incurred by the death.The suit names Lagoon Corp. and up to 10 John Does.

Beckstead died April 30 when he fell from the "Puff the Little Fire Dragon" ride and was struck by the coaster car.

The suit says Lagoon demonstrated "gross negligence and willful wanton misconduct" in entrusting the public, particularly children, to "an inherently dangerous amusement device."

The plaintiffs have suffered "loss of love and affection resulting from the death of Ryan Douglas Beckstead, as well as inheritance, right of companionship and loss of potential services by him and contributions to and support of the family entity," the suit says.

Lagoon spokesman Dick Andrew said Friday he was not aware the suit had been filed, nor did he know about a second suit filed Wednesday in 2nd District Court by a Pennsylvania woman who contends she was injured at the park in 1987.

"This is the first I've heard of them," Andrew said. "But in general, there's no way I'll be able to discuss any litigation with the press."

Andrew also declined to say who represents the amusement park in legal matters.

Farmington police said Beckstead was riding in the rear car of the ride with his sister, Christi, and brother, McKell, when he fell and was struck by the car when it made its second circuit around the track.

An investigation showed the ride's brakes were operating properly at the time, and police determined there was no criminal negligence on the part of Lagoon or the ride operator.

The lawsuit contends Lagoon failed to adequately train its employed attendant and to properly supervise the operation of the ride. It also says the park failed to provide sufficient observers "to observe the actions of young children such as the minor plaintiffs and the deceased when in fact this amusement device was intended and held out to the public as being principally for the use of minors."

The suit also contends Lagoon failed to provide adequate restraint devices and failed to instruct children in the safe use of the ride.

The second lawsuit, filed by Harriet Smith of Pittsburgh against Lagoon Corp. and up to five John Does, says the park failed to safely operate the Jet Star II ride.

The suit seeks general and special damages in an amount to be determined in court, plus all court costs.

Smith contends that on May 3, 1987, she was a passenger on the Jet Star II when the car she was riding in came to an abrupt stop without warning during a rapid part of the ride, causing her serious injury.