Rosy Esparza fatally fell from the "Texas Giant" roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on Friday night.
After Esparza's death in the park at 6:30 p.m., the ride was immediately shut down, but the rest of the park remained open (video below).
Six Flags Over Texas canceled a concert by singer Bridgit Mendler that was scheduled for Saturday night as well as KIDZ Star USA talent search auditions on Saturday and Sunday.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The investigation into the death at Texas Giant is still ongoing. We are working closely with authorities to determine the cause of the accident. The ride will remain closed," said a spokesperson for the amusement park.
Some witnesses say that Esparza’s safety restraint might have come loose or was not secured tightly.
Six Flags' park guest Carmen Brown said that Esparza expressed concern to a Six Flags Over Texas' employee that she was not secured in her seat.
“He was basically nonchalant,” Brown told the Dallas Morning News. “He was, like, ‘As long as you heard it click, you’re fine.’ Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride. The lady basically tumbled over. We heard her screaming. We were, like, ‘Did she just fall?’”
Kanisha Howell told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth: “When it got in the air and started coming down, I don’t know if she had a seizure or what, but she fell out of the cart and just fell out of the sky. We’re leaving now because my daughter, we both cried and were terrified and I didn’t want to ride anything else.”
Arlington police declined to comment on the accident.
The Texas Giant opened in 1990 as the world’s tallest wooden roller coaster, but was converted to a steel-and-wood hybrid in April 2011.