Son of Vortex ride owner to plead not guilty in NC State fair accident

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Joshua Macaroni, 32.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The second man charged in an accident at the N.C. State Fair last month that sent five people to the hospital said Friday he will plead not guilty.

Joshua Macaroni, 32, turned himself in late Thursday afternoon. He is the son of the owners of the company that brought the Vortex to the fair.

According to WTVD, Macaroni is charged with three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, but investigators have not said what they think he did wrong or what role he might have played in the accident.

Tim Tutterrow, 46, who was the ride’s operator, faces the same charges.

Last week, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Tutterrow tampered with critical safety equipment and continued to run the ride.

WTVD reported that Macaroni wasn’t in North Carolina during the fair, which raises more questions.

Of the five people who went to the hospital, three were seriously hurt.

Macaroni’s first appearance in court is Friday morning. His bond is set at $225,000.

A judge declined to lower Tutterrow’s $225,000 bond after prosecutors said he lives out of state, and could be considered a flight risk.

Read more: WTVD

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