Colorado Woman Dies in 70-Foot Bungee Fall

Investigators say equipment did not malfunction
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2018 7:10 AM CST
Researchers say the chance of being killed by a bungee jump are less than 1 in 500,000.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – Authorities in Colorado are investigating how a 20-year-old nurse died in a bungee jump accident—when the equipment was apparently working properly. Ciara Romero died after a fall Jan. 4 at the 70-foot Get Air attraction at the Silo Trampoline Park in Grand Junction, the Denver Post reports. The jump requires participants to jump off a tower connected to a rope attached to a harness. After free-falling for around 20 feet, they are supposed be caught by the device and slowly lowered to the ground. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that in results confirmed by state investigators, the company that makes the device says it carried out tests and the "device, webbing, and triple-locking carabiner were found to be intact, and functioning normally."

State investigators say they will now focus on witness statements, and the Grand Junction Police Department says no criminal charges will be filed. According a a police report seen by News Channel 5, employees and other witnesses said Romero was reluctant to jump. "She was hesitant, you know, pretty freaked out," one employee told police, "Kind of scared, but excited to go." Video shows employees checking to make sure the harness was properly attached, the report says. The report states that an employee told investigators that it was possible Romero's hand could have slipped and opened the carabiner. The employee said this would have been very difficult, though an officer wrote that he "found the carabiner to be relatively easy to open with one hand" and believes it could have happened accidentally.

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