Girl who col­lapsed af­ter thrill ride dies

The Six Flags Magic Moun­tain at­trac­tion is closed while the in­ci­dent is re­viewed.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha

A 10-year-old girl who lost con­scious­ness af­ter rid­ing the Revo­lu­tion at Six Flags Magic Moun­tain last week has died, coro­ner’s of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

Jas­mine Martinez of Somis died Satur­day at Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a day af­ter she was found un­con­scious, said Ed Win­ter, spokesman for the Los An­ge­les County coro­ner’s of­fice.

A cause of death has not been de­ter­mined, Win­ter said.

She had just got­ten off the loop­ing roller coaster Fri­day when she lost con­scious­ness, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials at the theme park in Va­len­cia.

About 4:45 p.m., she was air­lifted to Northridge Hos­pi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­ter and lat- er trans­ferred to Cedars-Si­nai.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jas­mine’s fam­ily and friends dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time,” the theme park said in a state­ment Mon­day.

Later Fri­day state of­fi­cials de­ter­mined it wasn’t re- lated to the op­er­a­tion to the ride and re­opened the at­trac­tion. But now that Jas­mine has died, the ride has been tem­po­rar­ily closed as the in­ci­dent is re­viewed.

“There is no ev­i­dence to sug­gest that this was in any way ride-re­lated,” the park said. “We do not know if there was a pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion.”

Revo­lu­tion climbs a 113foot hill, then swoops through slopes and a long, steep straight­away to a 90foot ver­ti­cal loop.

The theme park says the thrill ride hits speeds of 55 mph as “you rocket through nar­row curves, soar over peaks and plow through a tun­nel, bank­ing left and right like a pro.”

More than 45 mil­lion guests have “safely rid­den” Revo­lu­tion since it opened nearly 40 years ago, ac­cord­ing to the theme park.

A Los An­ge­les Times anal­y­sis of more than 2,000 in­jury re­ports from 2007 through 2012 of theme parks across South­ern Cal­i­for­nia found most peo­ple suf­fered faint­ing, nau­sea and dizzi­ness.

About 18% of the re­ports were re­lated to mo­tion sick­ness. It was fol­lowed by back and neck pain, at 16%. Head in­juries ranked third at 12%. Theme park visi­tors were more likely to get hurt or sick on older at­trac­tions.

More women re­ported in­juries than men, with most in­juries oc­cur­ring on roller coast­ers and wa­ter slides. The parks re­ported an av­er­age of about 350 in­juries a year dur­ing the six-year pe­riod.

Myung J. Chun Los An­ge­les Times

THE 10-YEAR-OLD girl lost con­scious­ness and, a day later, died af­ter rid­ing the roller coaster Revo­lu­tion in Va­len­cia. The cause of death has not been de­ter­mined.

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