Child dies on ride at Playland

Posted Monday, May 24, 2004 10:32 AM | Contributed by SFGAdv lover

The death of a 7-year-old girl on a Westchester County amusement park ride may have been caused when she knelt on the seat and then fell, the park's director said Sunday. The girl, Stephanie Dieudonne, of New Rochelle, died at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. She had been in a car of the Mind Scrambler, a spider-shaped ride covered by a tent.

Read more from AP via NY Newsday.

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Monday, May 24, 2004 10:34 AM
Here is a couple more links on the story.

http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/052404/a0124fatalfolo.html

http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/052404/a0124fatalfamily.html

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Monday, May 24, 2004 10:52 AM
This is an awful tragedy. I wish the little girl had been taught to be more respectful of rides and rules. I can't speak for the family of this little girl. I have no idea about their circumstances, and I'm sure they're devastated. But if my child wanted to go on rides without me, I'd make absolutely sure that the child understood that ride rules are there to keep you safe, not to keep you from looking cool to your friends. How senseless a tragedy.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 11:42 AM
Mamoosh's avatar How do you know she wasn't taught that? Sometimes kids, even those raised to obey and respect rules, make bad decisions with serious consequences.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 11:56 AM
Mamoosh: *shrug* Hey, maybe you're right. I was just throwing in my few cents. Maybe she did know and understand and respect the rules and decided to disobey the rules that day. It's just that disobeying the rules implies that one does not respect or completely understand them.
*** This post was edited by Jenny 5/24/2004 11:57:15 AM ***
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Monday, May 24, 2004 1:10 PM
I am very sorry to hear this. Some kids - no matter how well taught - will still fall victim to senseless accidents. It is a tragedy no matter what to lose someone so young. Makes me really appreciate my neice and nephew, who have made it to an age where they can now ride the "big coasters". You better believe I make extra sure they do not do so alone.

-Escher

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Monday, May 24, 2004 3:45 PM
This is why, as I said in the other thread concerning this incident, I feel that it was irrisponsible to let the little girl on alone. If she was older it would be a little different. SO much crap is gonna come up about these rides now, they've been the same since they were invented *before i was born...* and as far as I know there haven't been too many incidents on them. I hope this is all cleared up before Markey jumps in.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 4:18 PM
Did I read correctly in the side-bar that the accident on the "Hawk" ride in PF Tenn.was on a roller coaster? I think someone needs to send this reporter an image of the Hawk ride. Maybe I am wrong and it is a roller coaster?
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Monday, May 24, 2004 10:04 PM
Why is it that tragedies with theme park rides always seem to happen so close to each other? we can go several months at some points without a single injury, and then several happen in the period of a couple weeks.

my thoughts and prayers

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