Posted Thursday, May 30, 2002 4:58 AM | Contributed by Jeff
John Garlick died tumbling from his favorite ride at Six Flag Elitch Gardens, friends and state officials said Tuesday. But they were baffled over why the 28-year-old developmentally disabled man unbuckled himself while riding the "Rainbow" and plunged to his death Monday. Police say that the accident had "nothing to do with the ride."
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I found it "aumsing" how the one woman quoted in the atricle said she was not sure if she would ride the Rainbow again.
After the Shockwave accident at PKD a few years back, I remember an official stating, "I can ride in my car safely, but if I undo the seatbelt, open the door, and step out side while going 70mph, something bad is going to happen."
Park's and ride ops are not in the business of giving psychological evaluations on the stop to everyone who sits down in a seat of a ride. However, what I found interesting was that the person accompaning this man escorted him through the line, but was then standing by watching while the accident happened. I am not trying to say any malice on the part of this person, however IF a person needs to be "accompanied through the line", then I think that the person accompaning them should accompany them on the ride as well.
Okay... so I may have just won the "insensitivity award" for 2002 with that one....
If someone does truly need to be accompanied through the line then they probably do need to be accompanied on the ride for many adult rides. However, the fact that someone is accompanied through the line does not mean that they necessarily need to be accompanied. We've all seen many non-impared people who are accompanied through the line by friends who bypass the ride. Some rides even have chicken chutes to accomadate this.
Of course since the victem here was a 28 year old man, even someone accompanying him on the ride may have not been able to prevent this incident.
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