As Six Flags Announces Texas Giant's Weekend Return, Rosy Esparza's Family Sues Over Fatal Fall

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Two things were certain from the moment 52-year-old Rosy Esparza's body hit the earth after a 75-foot plunge from the Texas Giant. One was that the Six Flags Over Texas' iconic roller coaster would reopen, after a properly respectful period of course. Two was that Esparza's family would file a wrongful death lawsuit.

The only surprising thing was that both things would be announced on the same day, but so turn the gears of the cosmos. Or, alternately, so turn the gears inside the head of a canny plaintiff's attorney eying maximum publicity for his client.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Tarrant County, claims that Six Flags should have known the dangers of putting patrons on coasters with only lap bars and no seat belts or harnesses. It also claims that inspections performed after Esparza's fall revealed that "various parts of the security systems on the ride were experiencing inconsistencies and intermittent failures."

See also: A Brief History of Death and Six Flags

The safety bars on the ride didn't lock in a uniform position, and the signal that alerts the ride operator when the safety bars are properly in place malfunctioned. The complaint says that, in the wake of the accident, the park replaced the "limit switch" in Esparza's car, which triggers the green light that tells operators it's safe to start the ride.

The family is seeking damages in excess of $1 million.

"We are heartbroken and will forever feel the pain and sadness of this tragic accident. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Esparza," Steve Martindale, president of Six Flags Over Texas, said in a statement. "The safety of our guests and employees is our company's absolute highest priority and we try to take every reasonable precaution to eliminate the risk of accidents."

See also: This Is the Texas Giant Drop That Tossed a Dallas Woman From the Six Flags Coaster

With that in mind, the park announced that the Texas Giant will reopen this weekend, albeit with seat belts, extra padding on lap bars, and sample seats at the ride entrance so patrons can tell if they can fit, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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Robert Barksdale III
Robert Barksdale III

I will, they did some retro-fitting to the restraints and added seat belts. They are also adding a test car out front of the ride for people to get in to see if they fit in the car correctly and I am sure the ride operators have been re-trained and the one's involved with the incident were probably let go.

Rachel Younts
Rachel Younts

you can just go right ahead, Frederick!! Have fun!

Nikki Ford
Nikki Ford

I would go on it since I'm not the size of a mammoth.

Frederick Szczepanski
Frederick Szczepanski

Who wouldn't?... Millions of people got on it before, and millions will afterward.

Threeboys
Threeboys

Does this mean they are going to raise my season ticket prices next year?

PepperoneCalzone
PepperoneCalzone

As a large person, I appreciate Six Flags' putting a sample seat outside the ride. People are shaped differently: one 250lb. person may be able to fit fine under the lap bar, but a 200lb. person might not. 

Luis Cruz
Luis Cruz

YEAH! I'm going for the short lines!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It's a sad state of affairs when they have to put out a test car so people can make sure they're not too fat to fit on it.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

it seems insanely negligent to have a ride that hauls ass up, down, and around like that without secure safety belts.

Jimmy Wright
Jimmy Wright

I just feel bad for the 16 year old ride op that is going to have to tell the over weight ladies they cant ride... that will not be a fun day.

Shari Kaylor Thompson
Shari Kaylor Thompson

I have the right to calmly disagree with you. Now I'm gonna get off here and go about having a good day. You have one too.

Tina Camille Higgins
Tina Camille Higgins

here's one for you, you don't like what I post, get the hell over it. And saying some one is naïve is hardly name calling.

Jen Hicks
Jen Hicks

And usually we don't hear about the law suit because it gets settled out of court....

Jen Hicks
Jen Hicks

But the roller coaster operator DID NOT recheck the safety device when that entire group asked them to... so there's some liability on their part.... P.S.... quit being so darn hateful... it is what it is... are you guys that darn unhappy in your lives that you automatically say ugly things... geez... and FYI... fat people are allowed on rides if they constraints properly fit.... it's the staff's job to make sure that they either fit or don't... if they don't, they are responsible to ask the rider to remove themselves from the ride for safety purposes.... if the worker doesn't.... again liability

Shari Kaylor Thompson
Shari Kaylor Thompson

If you don't know the story, name calling is always a classy response. Just read the story.

Tina Camille Higgins
Tina Camille Higgins

Really? you must be naïve, everyone knows that's what happened. Everyone knows the risk of roller coasters as well, yes its like 1 in a million but it happens and it happens more than people think. There's an article about the accidents at 6 flags over the past 20 years and those people didn't sue

Tina Camille Higgins
Tina Camille Higgins

they told her she was too large to be on that ride, family and friends urged her off of there yet she stayed on. her fault for not listening. I have no sympathy for people who defy advice that's for their own well being

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

I predict some very expensive wheels will be hitting DFW streets when it's all over.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @PepperoneCalzone Ditto.  I have a large friend, and the sample seats outside the Batman ride saved him a lot of time, grief, and either embarrassment or some severe discomfort.  All in all, he was much happier hanging out with the games while the rest of us rode than getting up there and having the surprise.  FWIW, it's not just "fat" people either -- I'm 6 foot 3, and if I were any taller, I would have been too tall to safely fit into the bar.

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

@Vaun Norwood Thanks, broski.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@ruddski  

But of course after a socially acceptable waiting period, oh about the time it takes to drive from the settlement to the car dealership.

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