Arlington, TX — July 19, 2013, marks a painful date for one North Texas family. It is the day Rosy Esparza died, after she was thrown off the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags in Arlington.
Esparza, a beloved grandmother, mother and sister, was killed when she fell off the coaster. While her death triggered changes to ensure the safety of riders at the park, it’s also provoked a legal blame game. The Esparza’s filed a million dollar lawsuit against the popular family destination, claiming Six Flags ignored the safety risks.
But, park officials believe the German manufacturer of the coaster is the one who should be held accountable. Gerstlauer isn’t sitting back and taking responsibility. It filed a lawsuit of its own, against Six Flags, stating the park initially didn’t request the company to install seat belts on the ride, and theme park workers didn’t check the security of the riders.
After this legal wrangling is finally settled, let’s hope the Esparza’s can find solace, knowing that Rosy’s death made Six Flags safer for the rest of us.