Girl who collapsed after thrill ride dies
The Six Flags Magic Mountain attraction is closed while the incident is reviewed.
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.
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.