Man dies at hospital after riding Firehawk at Kings Island

Posted Sunday, August 9, 2009 10:26 AM | Contributed by The Mole

A man with breathing problems after riding the Firehawk roller coaster at Kings Island died later that evening at a Cincinnati hospital on Saturday, Aug. 8. Ride operators noticed an adult male passenger having problems breathing at 3:30 p.m. after the roller coaster train arrived at the station, according to a news release from park spokesman Don Helbig.

Read more from The Dayton Daily News.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009 1:38 PM

I feel sorry for the family. I just hope that this is an unfutunite accident. Then again, I get a funny feeling that SOMEBODY is going to look for a big payday out of this.

Between this and what happened on SOB, I just hope KI doesn't get a reputation for a "Death Park."

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Sunday, August 9, 2009 2:22 PM

I dont think you can pin a breathing problem on the ride. Unless he somehow got a loose bolt lodged in his lung. Heart problems can present as a "breathing issue" too, if I was to guess anything it was that he had a heart attack on the ride.

Prayers go out to the family.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009 5:32 PM

Maybe the Ohio Department of Agriculture should just open an office at KI.

Also, "Death Park"? Remember Black Sunday?

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Sunday, August 9, 2009 7:30 PM

^ Yes, It was the last time I visited KI on my birthday. We were unaware until we heard about it on the radio on the way home.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009 11:01 PM

I'm pretty healthy, and I find it kind of difficult to breath when riding a Vecoma flying coaster because of the first loop.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009 11:04 PM

^But you dont feel that way afterwards, he did. You cant breathe because of the intense Gs your pulling on that loop.

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Monday, August 10, 2009 12:09 PM

The loop on Firehawk is pretty strong, but it's nothing compared to the pretzel loops on other flyers. On S: UF at SFGAm, I black out really hard at the bottom of the pretzel loop.

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Monday, August 10, 2009 12:21 PM

^I've still never blacked out on a coaster, with the exception of riding MF once when I was legitimately hungry as hell, but still never due to g's :(

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Monday, August 10, 2009 12:23 PM

Uhm, blacking out is the result of "g's" forcing blood out of your head. So if you blacked out, yes, it is the "due to g's".

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Monday, August 10, 2009 3:14 PM

Prayers to the family. I'm sure we will hear more about this. I remember when my Uncle had a heart attack or some other cardiac problem years ago. I was very young at the time but I do recall him trying to catch his breath right before he went. Could this also have been an asthma attack? If he started having an attack say right when the train hit the lift, that would be a long time and one of the worst situations to be in when having an attack, IMO.

I have never had a black out or what others have called a gray out on a coaster either. It's interesting some people on here have had one and others did not on the same coaster. Goes to show you everyone is different and our bodies handle things differently.

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Monday, August 10, 2009 3:38 PM

In the one story linked in the closed thread on general buzz, a person who was riding on the same train mentioned seeing blood on his face. That could suggest a stroke or aneurysm. But I don't want to speculate. We'll hear more within a few days

Still very sad for this rather young man and his family.

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Monday, August 10, 2009 6:24 PM

D_vo said:
The loop on Firehawk is pretty strong, but it's nothing compared to the pretzel loops on other flyers. On S: UF at SFGAm, I black out really hard at the bottom of the pretzel loop.

I think a lot of folks have that same reaction. I was a regular visitor at SFGaM for many years and I always get that near-blackout feeling at the base of that ride. Intense, yes, but still...this is insane.

My heart goes out to the family and friends in their time of loss.

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Friday, November 20, 2009 7:39 AM

An update on this story says the man died of a heart condition. I was surprised to see an update to such an old story, but I guess the investigation just finished up.

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Friday, November 20, 2009 8:44 AM

Well, I'm sorry to hear about that.

On the other hand, I'm willing to bet that the family MIGHT be crazy enough to try and get something out of CF, even if it's just to cover the cost of a funeral. The good news is that CF has been posting warning about peple riding with heart conditions for years, so they might be off the hook on this one.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009 3:27 PM

CP Chris said:
An update on this story says the man died of a heart condition. I was surprised to see an update to such an old story, but I guess the investigation just finished up.

If toxicology tests were done, the results aren't completed for 2-3 months. That could be why it took till now to announce findings.

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