July 22, 2013 — A woman has died after falling out of her seat on the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Her family has hired an amusement park accident lawyer and they may seek compensation and justice for her death by filing a lawsuit.
The accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013. The Six Flags amusement park calls the ride “the world’s steepest drop.” The coaster was originally designed in 1990 as an all-wooden coaster. It was re-designed with a steel track and re-opened in 2011. Today, it is the tallest steel-wood hybrid roller coaster in the world. It is 14 stories tall and has a drop of 147 feet at a 79º angle.
According to ABC News, witnesses overheard Esparza tell an employee that she didn’t think she was properly restrained before the ride began. The employee allegedly assured her that she was fine. The same witnesses said Esparza lifted her arms when the roller coaster dropped and fell out of her seat.
Park officials have declined to release information about what may have caused Rosy Esparza’s death. In the meantime, the Texas Giant roller coaster will not re-open until it gets a new safety inspection.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the German manufacturer of the cars in the amusement park ride, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, has sent experts to investigate the cause of Esparza’s death.
One member of Esparza’s family stated that they have hired an attorney. It is possible that Six Flags staff, their insurance company, park inspectors, and the manufacturer of the roller coaster could be held liable.
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