NC girl’s relative files legislation after her zip line death

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) — The zip line incident that killed a Wilmington girl last month has already prompted legislation in the NC General Assembly.


Bonnie Sanders Burney, 12, was killed June 11 at Camp Cheerio in Alleghany County after falling about two stories to the ground, camp officials said.

A bill introduced by Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) orders the Department of Labor to study the need for regulating zip lines, which are excluded from a law that allows state inspection of amusements.

The study, due no later than Feb. 1, 2016, would investigate 13 issues, including the number of zip line operations in the state, any county or city regulations and the types of liability insurance coverage recommended for zip line operations.

Davis said he was related to Burney and saw first-hand the impact her sudden death had on the family.

“It will not save that little girl who died,” Davis said of the study. “But if it can save one little girl in the future and prevent their family from having to go through the pain that the Burney family is going through with the loss of their daughter, then it’s worth it.”

The zip line study was added last week to a House bill that was being considered in a Senate committee. The revised bill passed the Senate and will be sent back to the House for a vote, Davis said.

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