Family Identifies Victim in Coaster Fatality
Rosy Esparza reportedly killed; Six Flags remains mum on cause
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2013 4:20 PM CDT
A file photo of the Texas Giant coaster.   (David R. Tribble/Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Not much more is known yet about yesterday's roller coaster fatality at Six Flags Over Texas, but the family of Rosy Esparza has identified her as the victim, reports WFAA. As details trickle out about her and the accident, Six Flags itself is staying mum. "It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired," says a company statement out this afternoon. "When we have new information to provide, we will do so." In the meantime, the Arlington park is open, but the ride is closed.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quotes witnesses standing in line who saw a young man and woman, maybe in their 20s, exit a car when the ride ended. “They were screaming, ‘My mom! My mom! Let us out, we need to go get her!’" Park operators stopped them, but went to investigate themselves. (As noted earlier, the Dallas Morning News talked to a witness who heard the victim question a ride operator about whether her safety belt had secured properly before the ride began.)