Family Sues Over Fatal Fall From Six Flags Over Texas Roller Coaster

(KXAS) -- Six Flags Over Texas said it was reopening the ride from which a park-goer fell to her death, and the woman's family says it is suing the Arlington amusement park.

Rosa Esparza died July 19 when she fell from the Texas Giant.

Her family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the amusement park company on Tuesday, the same day that Six Flags Over Texas announced that the roller coaster would reopen this weekend.

The ride will have new seat belts and redesigned restraint bar pads.

Six Flags said its investigation into the July incident found no mechanical failure on the ride.

The company said in a statement that people with "unique body shapes or sizes" may not fit into the ride seat. It will now offer a roller coaster seat on the ride line for riders to judge for themselves in advance if they fit.

According to the lawsuit, Esparza's daughter said she heard her mother screaming behind her. She turned around, only to see her mother thrown from the ride.

The lawsuit also says that inspections following the ride showed the Texas Giant's security systems were experiencing intermittent failures and that the company continued to build more dangerous roller coasters despite past accidents.

The family is asking for at least $1 million.


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