Rosy Esparza was seated behind her son-in-law and his wife, ready to ride one of her first roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas, when something went terribly wrong.
The restraints in her seat failed, sending the mother tumbling out of the ride and to her death. Esparza was riding the Texas Giant, a 14-story roller coaster that the park describes as “the world’s steepest drop,” when she died, leaving family members devastated.
In the hours after Esparza’s death, a number of people left condolences on social media.
“Only God knows Mama,” her son Amado Esparza posted on Facebook in Spanish along with a photo showing a group of people praying at the amusement park, “something that I will always have as a memory of you is that you loved adventures.”
“It is sad to lose my mom,, but I am happy that when she was alive she enjoyed it to the fullest. I always took her to explore new places.”
Details of the accident that claimed the life of Rosy Esparza have been scarce so far. Police and fire department officials responded to the accident, but, because it was ruled an accident, there will be no in-depth investigation. That means any details from now on are likely to come from the park itself, whatever it chooses to share.
“In all likelihood do you think Six Flags is going to come out and say ‘we screwed up,’ ” Kenneth Martin, a roller coaster inspector and accident investigator often hired by lawyers and manufacturers, told the Dallas News. “Probably not.”
For its part, Six Flags Over Texas has vowed a full investigation.
“We are committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident and will utilize every resource throughout this process,” wrote Sharon Parker, a park spokeswoman. “It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired. When we have new information to provide, we will do so. Our thoughts, prayers and full support remain with the family.”
But new details have emerged into the death of Rosy Esparza. It was originally reported that her son, seated next to her on the ride, tried to run onto the tracks after the ride but was escorted off by park employees.
New reports clarified that Esparza was sitting alone.
Previous reports had also said that Rosy Esparza complained that her restraint did not lock properly, but Ronald Segovia said he didn’t hear his mother-in-law mention that anything about her seat.