According to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s online site, the women who was killed after being dropped from a Six Flags roller coaster died of “multiple traumatic injuries.” The roller coaster victim was identified as Dallas resident Rosa Ayala-Goana. (Previous reports were identifying Ayala-Goana as Rosy Esparza). According again to the medical examiner’s website, Ayala-Goana died upon impact with the roller coaster track.
Investigations of the death, which has already been ruled an accident, may take months according to amusement park officials. The lack of Six Flags safety investigators, plus the review of documents and questioning of witnesses will likely cause the investigation to last for several months, according to the KRM Consulting Firm. Although Texas does not have a regulatory agency for their amusement parks, standards, which must be abided by, are set by the American Society of Testing and Materials International. According to Jerry Hagins, a representative of the Texas Insurance Department in Austin, the agency responsible for amusement ride inspection is already at work determining if this fatal accident was caused by a mechanical problem or defect. In the event that a mechanical problem is actually ruled out, the investigation would turn to the actions of the employees operating the roller coaster that day. There is a potential for serious legal ramifications that could cause a lengthy investigation, if Ayala-Goana’s family decides to bring forth a lawsuit for her wrongful death.
Ayala-Goana was killed this last Friday evening when she fell from Six Flag’s Texas Giant roller coaster. According to Texas-based media outlets, Ayala-Goana, who was at the park celebrating her June 28 birthday, had been to amusement parks before. News reports reveal that Carment Brown, a fellow passenger on the Texas Giant, revealed that she watched as a Six Flags ride attendant checked Ayala-Goana’s safety belt because her lap bar did not click more than once. According to Brown in a Dallas Morning News interview, the belts of the other passengers clicked multiple times, which made Ayala-Goana feel uneasy about her faulty belt; Ayala-Goana was permitted to ride the roller coaster anyway. Other witnesses positioned near the end of the roller coaster said that the woman basically tumbled off of the coaster when the ride made a sudden sharp turn. Arlington police have released a statement that there was not any foul play involved in the accident.
The ride will now be closed pending the outcome its re-inspection. However, the ride did have an inspection sticker valid through February 2014. Ride operators in the state of Texas are required to have $1 million insurance policies contingent on their annual inspections. According to officials, insurance investigators for Six Flags will conduct the roller coaster’s inspection.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Sharon Parker, a Six Flags spokeswoman, refused to comment on a report stating that the coaster had been checked before Friday evening’s accident. Agency rules require that all rides are inspected daily and results are kept in daily logs. These logs would have to be made available to law enforcement upon request.
According to the state Insurance Company, the Texas Giant roller coaster has already had 12 reported injuries dating from April 2008 to present. According to the injury statistics, the 12 other victims suffered contusions, lacerations, strains, pains, fractured ribs, and concussions.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rosa Ayala-Goana as they mourn her unexpected passing. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed at an amusement park, fair, or carnival, you may be entitled to significant monetary compensation for your harms and losses. If a hazardous slip and fall, or a defective or poorly maintained piece of equipment led to your injuries, it is important that you contact a roller coaster accident lawyer today. To discuss your potential case for free, at no obligation, call one of our experienced lawyers at 314.409.7060 or toll-free at 855.402.7274 today. Remember, we never take a fee unless we win your case.