Girl dies on carnival Sizzler in Austin

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2005 2:55 PM | Contributed by Torgo

A traveling carnival in North Austin is closed after a 9-year-old girl died on one of the rides. Monday evening, Austin police investigators were at the carnival site near Cameron Road and U.S. Highway 290 looking at the ride known as Sizzler. Police said Fatima Cervantes, 9, suffered major head trauma after falling off around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. She was taken to Children's Hospital where she later died.

Read more from News 8 Austin and KXAN/Austin.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 3:22 PM
How the heck do you fall off a Sizzler? The bars are locked and only the operators can unlock them with a pin!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 3:50 PM
There are several possible scenerios, none of which I'm going into. Just not enough information at this time. I've never been overly impressed with any of the Sizzlers I've seen, not to mention several other of the Wisdom built rides.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 6:19 PM
I can say honestly that there is good reason why this is one ride I do not ride at any event. Not once have I had a positive experience, and most of the time I ended up with bruises or back problems. It seems to me that with all the trouble with these rides in the last couple of years that Wisdom would be under a lot of heat along with the operators. As well, I guess rider safety is not as important to the operators as the lower cost to maintain and transport this ride vs. the Eli Bridge Scrambler. Just my two cents...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 7:05 PM
It was nice to see a newscast where the reporter wasn't ripping the carnival apart for a change. That seemed to be one of the tamer newscasts on such an event I've ever seen. But man...I just can't figure this one out. My heart goes out to her family and friends though. Yikes.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 7:08 PM
wth jeff. I submmited this. I must not have done it right. Where are we supposed to put the URL and why do you want us to copy the entire text from the story?

And PKI... Actualy you can get yourslef out of some of the models. I've done it while the ride was stoped. There is a little black ball all you have to do is shift it.


*** This post was edited by Keith2005 12/21/2005 7:09:44 PM ***

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 7:54 PM
There was more than one submission.
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Thursday, December 22, 2005 10:11 AM
So I was watching the news this morning. Aprrantley the girl "Slipped through the safety bars" falling to her death.
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Thursday, December 22, 2005 12:21 PM
The bottom line is, I don't think anybody knows just yet quite how she managed to do it. The best intelligence I have at this time (and my sources are the same as yours) is that they didn't find anything wrong with the ride, with the caveat that it was a preliminary finding.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
*** This post was edited by RideMan 12/22/2005 12:22:50 PM ***

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Friday, December 23, 2005 7:35 AM
Again, was watching the news. The family is sueing Crabtree Amusements for "negligence". Also they are trying to get a restaraing order so they ride cannot be touched until lawyers have completed an inspection.

Seems like to much... Accidents happen.

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Friday, December 23, 2005 12:56 PM
Well, if I'm reading the news reports correctly Crabtree has already slaughed and gone to winter quarters, so it already has been "touched".
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Saturday, December 24, 2005 4:02 PM
Accidents don't just happen. With very few exceptions (being hit by a meteorite) they have causes. By determining these causes and acting on them, we can prevent the vast majority for future accidents.
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