By DAVID MCCORMACK
The woman who fell to her death Friday while riding on a roller coaster at a Texas amusement park has now been identified as Rosy Espraza.
The accident happened on the ‘Texas Giant’ ride at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington at around 6.45pm Friday.
The Putman family, from Rockwell, stood in line for the ride behind Esparza and her children.
‘They were laughing and talking,’ John Esparza recalled, describing the victim as a woman in her 50s.
The Putmans did not see he accident, but Darlene Putman said the woman’s son, a man in his 20s, appeared distraught after the roller coaster returned to the loading platform.
‘He was saying, “She fell! she fell!”’ Mrs Putman recalled.
According to the witnesses, the frantic son attempted to race to the tracks, but was stopped and turned away by park employees.
One witness told The Dallas News that the woman had gotten on the ride with her son and that they believe she mustn’t have been strapped in correctly.
Witness Carmen Brown told reporters, 'they didn't secure her right. One of the employees from the park — one of the ladies — she asked her to click her more than once, and they were like, "As long you heard it click, you're OK."
'Everybody else is like, "Click, click, click." Hers only clicked once. Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn't feel safe, but they let her still get on the ride.'
Witnesses who saw Miss Esparaza tumble from the ride directed paramedics to the victim's location.
'She goes up like this. Then when it drops to come down, that's when it (the safety bar) released and she just tumbled,' said Brown, of Arlington. Brown said she was waiting in line to get on the ride when the accident happened.
A witness told Fox DFW that she saw the safety bar secure normally before the ride began and that when it returned it was in the normal down position. Officials have not yet determined if the restraint came loose, causing the woman to fall.