Texas Woman’s Family Considering Legal Action Following Tragic Six Flags Death
30 July 2013No Comments
A wrongful death suit may be filed by the family of a Texas woman who fell to her death while riding a roller coaster at Six Flags in Arlington earlier this month. According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, 52-year-old Rosa Irene Ayala-Gaona was ejected from the cart during the first drop of the Texas Giant roller coaster ride, after complaining to operators that she didn’t think the safety bar had completely engaged. The coroner has reported that the cause of the woman’s death was “multiple traumatic injuries” resulting from her fall. If you have been injured in a Texas accident, or if you lost a loved one in an accident you believe was caused by the negligence of another person, contact our reputable wrongful death attorneys at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. You may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim against the allegedly negligent person or party, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.
Police Investigating Cause Of Six Flags Death
The tragic death of Rosa Ayala-Gaona took place at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park on July 19, while she was riding the 14-story Texas Giant roller coaster – touted as the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world. “Mrs. Ayala-Gaona was seated in the 3rd row and as the carts began the steep descent from the first large hill of the track, she ejected from her seat falling freely for an approximate distance of 75 feet, striking a support metal beam and then coming to rest on the metal roof of the tunnel,” states the medical examiner’s report. The Arlington Police Department responded to the amusement park following the fatal accident, conducting interviews and an investigation into Ayala-Gaona’s death. Under Texas state law, police are required to look for criminal negligence and signs of whether or not the operator of the roller coaster was intoxicated.
Injuries Caused By Texas Giant Roller Coaster
Ayala-Gaona’s death at Six Flags Over Texas may be the latest, but it certainly isn’t the only adverse event that has plagued the park’s Texas Giant roller coaster in recent years. State records indicate that more than a dozen other people reported suffering injuries in the last five years while riding the roller coaster, although the most serious injuries appear to have been muscle strains and a concussion. Between April 2008 and April 2013, 14 injuries were reported in connection with the Texas Giant, with three of the injuries occurring either before or after the ride – such as tripping on the steps leading to the coaster. Following the Texas woman’s tragic death, the Texas Giant has been shut down and won’t reopen until a new safety inspection is conducted.
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In the aftermath of Ayala-Ganoa’s tragic Six Flags death, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for more stringent safety standards for rides at amusement parks. Although the industry claims that fatal accidents at amusement parks are rare, Markey has argued that there are enough serious accidents at Six Flags and other amusement parks to warrant federal intervention. If you have suffered injuries in a serious accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, consult our qualified lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your options for legal recourse. Our attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of accident victims throughout the state of Texas, and will work diligently to help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries and medical expenses.