No au­topsy in death af­ter ride

Col­lapse of girl, 10, will re­main a mys­tery but ap­pears un­re­lated to Magic Moun­tain.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Hai­ley Bran­son-Potts and Veron­ica Rocha hai­ley.bran­son@latimes.com veron­ica.rocha @latimes.com

An au­topsy will not be per­formed on a 10-year-old girl who lost con­scious­ness af­ter tak­ing the Revo­lu­tion ride at Six Flags Magic Moun­tain last week, coro­ner’s of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

The fam­ily of Jas­mine Martinez of Somis ob­jected to an au­topsy be­cause of “re­li­gious pref­er­ences,” said Ed Win­ter, spokesman for the Los An­ge­les County coro­ner’s of­fice.

Win­ter said that with­out an au­topsy, the coro­ner’s of­fice could not de­ter­mine a cause of death.

Jas­mine died Satur­day at Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a day af­ter she was found un­con­scious. Win­ter said a doc­tor at the hos­pi­tal who signed the death cer­tifi­cate in­di­cated that the girl was be­lieved to have died from nat­u­ral causes.

A spokes­woman for Cedars-Si­nai, cit­ing pri­vacy con­cerns, said she could not com­ment on the death cer­tifi­cate or the cause of death.

Jas­mine had just fin­ished rid­ing the loop­ing roller coaster Fri­day when she lost con­scious­ness, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials at the theme park in Va­len­cia.

She was air­lifted to Northridge Hos­pi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­ter around 4:45 p.m. and later 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.

Theme park of­fi­cials said Jas­mine was breath­ing but un­con­scious when the ride ended and came into the ride sta­tion, where guests load and un­load. She was treated at the scene be­fore be­ing air­lifted. Later that day, Cal/OSHA of­fi­cials de­ter­mined her con­di­tion wasn’t re­lated to the ride, so it was re­opened.

“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 pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tion.”

Revo­lu­tion, which opened in 1976, climbs up a 113-foot hill, then swoops through slopes and a long, steep straight­away to a 90foot ver­ti­cal loop.

The theme park says the thrill ride hits 55 mph as “you rocket through nar­row curves, soar over peaks and plow through a tun­nel.” More than 45 mil­lion guests have “safely rid­den” Revo­lu­tion since it opened, ac­cord­ing to the park.

An L.A. Times anal­y­sis of more than 2,000 in­jury re­ports from 2007 through 2012 at theme parks across South­ern Cal­i­for­nia found that faint­ing, nau­sea and dizzi­ness were the most com­mon com­plaints.

Those symp­toms were among those at­trib­uted to mo­tion sick­ness, which ac­counted for about 18% of the re­ports. That was fol­lowed by back and neck pain, ranked sec­ond at 16%. Head in­juries ranked third at 12%. Park visi­tors were more likely to get hurt or sick on older at­trac­tions, roller coast­ers and wa­ter slides. Parks re­ported an av­er­age of about 350 in­juries a year to­tal in the six-year pe­riod.

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