Investigator concludes rider was at fault in Holiday World accident

Posted Monday, June 9, 2003 4:40 AM | Contributed by redman822

Ride consultant Anthony J. Rossi from Leisure Tech Services said in a letter to Holiday World president Will Kock Friday that the accident on the park's Raven that killed Tamar Fellner was most likely the result of rider misbehaviour. His report concludes that the lap bar or seat belt would be adequate to restrain a rider if properly seated. The report also says the victim's seat belt had been unbuckled and tucked in the seat cushions. Rossi says that Fellner placed her body "in a position that the ride was not designed to carry human passengers."

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Monday, June 9, 2003 6:02 AM
Jeff's avatar By the way, if it will help make the tragedy less "faceless," we finally have a picture of what she looked like:

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Monday, June 9, 2003 6:45 AM
Thank you for posting that picture, Jeff. I do think it is important to note that we are talking about someone's daughter, friend, love, etc.

I think it is also important to note that she was not the first enthusiast to bend or break the rules and she probably won't be the last. Maybe we can all remember Tamar the next time we think about taking chances.

Monday, June 9, 2003 7:28 AM
Very Good Report. Period.

"Step on that lapbar and make it nice and tight!"*** This post was edited by Agent Johnson 6/9/2003 11:28:41 AM ***

Monday, June 9, 2003 10:43 AM
janfrederick's avatar Sometimes it just isn't worth it to press your luck. My brother's buddy died last weekend while doing something unsafe. Ended up falling off a cliff. My brother had the job of telling his family. Come on folks, you're not indestructable.

"It's not a Too-mah!" - Arnold after riding Batman the Ride

Monday, June 9, 2003 6:00 PM
Having seen with my own eyes, very well known coaster people unbuckling their seat belts and standing up for maximum airtime, I can only hope Tamar's death was not in vain.

Just two days ago, three girls were actually standing up on a well known rollercoaster in another park. When I informed the ride ops to what was going on, the girls were kicked out of the park. Their mom preceeded to yell and scream at guest relations that her girls go this all the time and know how to do it safely. I could not believe my ears!

Tease Alert!

*Something* wicked this way the west coast in 2004!

Monday, June 9, 2003 7:28 PM
Let us hope that Tamar died that others might live, having learned from her mistake. Her death is tragic. Let's hope it isn't meaningless to the rest of us.

Ride safe. Respect the coasters. Coasters don't respect you.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003 4:28 AM
An owner of a coaster compnay once told me at a convention that "You should never stop being scared of the coaster". It was in reference to the fact that once the train is dispatched, you yourself cannot do a damn thing to stop that train until it returns.

"Step on that lapbar and make it nice and tight!"

Thursday, June 12, 2003 9:32 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar

I think I would rather play russian roulett that unbuckle my seat belt on a coaster. I still feel terrible over Tamar's death and my heart and prayers go out to her family and friends, but I hope it will warn others that coasters, although they are safe and fun, are NOT to be messed with.


Feel The DragsterGasm....

Sunday, June 15, 2003 12:04 AM
I feel really stupid right now, but I do feel the need to post this for awareness.

This accident has really hit home with me, because when I was younger (age 14) I decided to ride the Magnum in the front seat and be stupid. When I entered the ride I sat with my knees up high so it looked like the lap bar was down as far as it could go. The ride ops checked it and didn't move it. Out we went. As we were going up the hill I unfastened my seatbelt. At the top of the hill I stood up. As the train was going down the hill I heard the guys behind us scream "Holy S---" and the guy directly behind me put both hands on my shoulders to hold me down. I am very grateful for this act. I am very embarrassed of my stupidity, but just wanted to post it so that more people are aware that stupidity on amusement park rides could cost you your life. Who knows what could have happened if the guy behind me didnt act as he did. I am spooked by this and just wanted to add my 2 cents:

Don't be stupid when riding rides. No matter how many times you have been on a certain ride. When I did this on Magnum, I thought in my head at the time that nothing could happen to me.....


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