A rollercoaster lawsuit was filed against Six Flags Over Texas for the death of the woman who was thrown from her rollercoaster seat and fell 75-feet to her death. According to ABC News on Sept. 12, Rosa Esparza’s family is asking for at least $1 million in compensation for their loss.
That same Six Flag’s rollercoaster is set to reopened this weekend, as it was closed since the day Esparza lost her life. The investigation found the safety switch that was on the rollercoaster car that Esparza was riding in was "defective.”
Six Flags have replaced that switch and made some other safety changes to the coaster before it reopened. The investigation also showed that “various parts of the security systems on the ride were experiencing inconsistencies.”
At 5.2 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds it is not clear if the safety bar was designed to handle someone this large. That’s really a moot point now, because if it wasn’t designed to hold someone of that size, she should not have been allowed to ride the rollercoaster.
Just like height requirements seen at the entrance to many carnival rides, there should be something for weight restrictions if this could cause a danger. The ride is now going to offer a sample rollercoaster seat at the entrance to the ride for people to judge for themselves if they fit the space offered for sitting.