July 22, 2013 — Last week, a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas with her son. She has been identified as Rosy Esparza of Dallas, Texas. One member of her family reported that they have hired an attorney and may file an amusement park accident lawsuit.
The accident occurred on Friday at about 6:30 p.m. on the Texas Giant, which is touted as “the world’s steepest drop.” It is also the tallest steel-wood hybrid roller coaster in the world. It was originally designed as an all-wooden roller coaster in 1990. It was re-designed in 2011 with a steel track. At its peak, the Texas Giant is 14 stories tall and has a 147-foot drop at 79º.
Park officials have refused to comment on the cause of the accident. However, they have closed the Texas Giant to allow time for new safety inspections.
According to ABC News, witnesses said that Esparza boarded the roller coaster with her son. Witnesses overheard her tell an employee that she didn’t feel properly secured in the ride, but the employee dismissed her concerns. During the ride, she allegedly lifted her arms and fell out of her seat when the roller coaster dropped.
If the family of Esparza decides to file a lawsuit, it is possible that Six Flags staff, park safety inspectors, their insurance company, the manufacturer of the roller coaster, or other parties could be held liable for her death.
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