An Ohio man died on Aug. 13 after being struck by a roller coaster while attempting to retrieve his cellphone, which he dropped on the ride earlier (video below).
James A. Young, 45, of East Canton, reportedly jumped a fence to enter a restricted area near a roller coaster in Cedar Point to look for his cellphone, police said. He had lost the device while riding the Raptor roller coaster earlier that day, WKYC reported.
"I was in shock because I didn't know what to do,” said Megan Moore, who was on the ride when it struck Young. “It was terrifying."
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Moore and other riders were suspended in the air for more than ten minutes while police and paramedics attended to Young. Moore says she saw police barricade a section near the roller coaster.
Another Cedar Park patron witnessed the chaos on the ground. "There was people running and screaming ... really crazy,” said Kasey Millar. The Raptor roller coaster reaches a maximum of 57 mph, according to the amusement park's website.
The amusement park issued the following statement:
“At approximately 5 p.m., a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of the Raptor roller coaster and was struck by the ride. Park safety officials responded immediately to the situation. Unfortunately the guest has passed away. Local authorities are on the scene conducting an investigation.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time.”
No one else was injured during the incident and police are currently investigating. The Raptor was closed for the evening, but the park remained open.