Update: According to ABC 7 Eyewitness News, a coroner said on Tuesday that Martinez died “of natural causes and not from an accident.” ABC 7 notes, though, that the coroner gave no further details on Martinez’s health condition.
Jasmine Martinez has died after riding a coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.
According to Reuters, the 10-year-old girl died on Saturday, June 13 after losing consciousness while riding a roller coaster at the California theme park. Martinez, of Somis, passed away at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said. As of now, her cause of death has not been reported.
Jasmine had just gotten off the coaster called Revolution, which contained several loops, when she lost consciousness. The Los Angeles Times reports that at approximately 4:45 p.m. Martinez was airlifted to Northridge Hospital Medical Center and later transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jasmine’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Magic Mountain said in a statement on Monday.
The ride was temporarily closed following the incident, but was later reopened after state officials determined that her medical emergency was not ride related. However, after she died, the ride was closed once again.
“There is no evidence to suggest that this was in any way ride-related,” the park’s statement added. “We do not know if there was a pre-existing condition.”
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Revolution is one of 18 thrill rides that is operated at Magic Mountain and is the world’s first roller coaster to feature a full vertical loop. It is 90 feet tall and runs at speeds that reach up to 55 miles per hour. Since it opened nearly 40 years ago, the parks says that 45 million people have safely ridden the coaster.
This is not the first death to occur at Magic Mountain. In 2001, another woman died after exiting a different coaster. That death was also considered not related to the ride and resulted from a pre-existing brain aneurysm. Following an autopsy, it was revealed that “stress and strain” from the ride was “probably a factor” in causing the weakened blood vessel to burst.
Six Flags Magic Mountain released another statement, via Twitter, on Monday afternoon.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jasmine Martinez. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. http://t.co/JtEYWS7WVe
— Six Flags MM (@SFMagicMountain) June 15, 2015
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