Scary screams from children who watched mother, 52, fall 75ft to her death from Six Flags roller coaster ride
As thrill-seekers crammed onto a 14-story roller coaster, their excited screams soon turned to terror after witnessing a mother fall 75 feet to her death.
Rosa Ayala-Gaona Esparza, 52, died after falling from the Texas Giant at the Dallas Six Flags in July 2013.
Among the witnesses to her horrific death were her children.
Witnesses describe hearing her scream, “We have to get my mother.”
One of Rosa’s loved ones – believed to be her son – had to be prevented from running to the tracks, they added.
Her daughter is said to have seen her mother upside down while other riders tried to help when they saw her legs in the air.
John Putman, who was waiting to board the ride, said the family “laughed and talked” while waiting in line.
It wasn’t until they came back and yelled, “She fell, she fell,” that viewers first realized something was wrong.
Witness Gabe Flores told CNN, “The man said, ‘Let me out, let me out, my mother fell off.’
Driver Carmen Brown added: “We heard them scream. We were like, ‘Did she just fall?’”
A coroner later confirmed that Rosa was thrown from her third-row seat and fell about 75 feet before hitting a metal beam.
The 153-foot ride had just begun a steep descent along the route’s first major hill when tragedy struck.
The County Medical Examiner’s Office said her body was found in a ride tunnel for the 14-story, German-made wooden Texas Giant roller coaster.
An autopsy revealed that she had sustained multiple traumatic injuries and extensive trauma to her torso.
Drivers speculated at the time that she wasn’t buckled up properly.
But at the time of Rosa’s death, no federal agency was regulating amusement parks, Fox4 reports.
The ride was closed in the days after the death. It has since reopened, according to the Six Flags website.
Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker said at the time of Rosa’s death that the park was “committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident.”
She added, “Our thoughts, prayers and full support remain with the family.”
The outcome of any investigation is unclear.
But a statement released by the Arlington Police Department at the time of Rosa’s death said: “At this stage of the investigation, it does not appear that there was foul play or a criminal offense associated with this tragic incident.”
A year after the tragedy, Esparza’s family filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages. Six Flags denied “every single” allegation, The Beaumont Enterprise reported.
The family settled with the theme park and German ride in November 2014 for an undisclosed amount.
“Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers will forever be with the Esparza family,” Six Flags President Steve Martindale said in a statement at the time, according to the Dallas News.
“We are grateful that all parties were able to reach an amicable agreement.”
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