Roller Coaster Ride Became ‘Nightmare’ for Texas Woman’s Family

By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

(CNN) — It was Rosy Esparza’s first trip to Six Flags.

She sat beside her son on the Texas Giant — a 14-story-high roller coaster that boasts what the amusement park calls “the world’s steepest drop.” And before the ride started climbing, CNN affiliate KTVT reported, Esparza was worried.

To her, the lap bar that holds passengers in their seats didn’t seem secure, witnesses told the CNN affiliate.

Minutes later, one of the roller coaster’s seats came back empty.

Now Esparza is dead, family members told CNN affiliates KTVT and WFAA. A spokeswoman for Six Flags Over Texas says the theme park is committed to finding out what led to the woman’s death on Friday. And authorities are investigating.

CNN has not been able to reach the family for comment.

In Facebook posts on Saturday, her sons described the experience as a nightmare.


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