State says injured girl at Dania Beach was not following rules

Posted Thursday, July 26, 2007 9:50 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A state inspector has concluded that a teenager who was seriously injured on a Dania Beach amusement park ride wasn't following the rules. The report indicates that 13-year-old Natashia West must have been trying to stand up on the Magic Teacup ride when she suffered the bloody head injury that sent her to a hospital intensive care unit.

Read more from The Miami Herald.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:26 AM
Just to let everyone know... There is a picture of the girl in the hospital on a respirator and tube sticking out of her head when you go to the link.
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Friday, July 27, 2007 7:38 AM

Vision is blurred in her right eye and she sometimes sluts her words

Quite a typo.

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Friday, July 27, 2007 12:37 PM
The whole thing is sad.
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Friday, July 27, 2007 5:10 PM
I am a witness to the accident. She never stood up. She was totally a victim. My boys were on the tea cup next to hers. An hour before she was hurt my boys were riding the ride and looked like they were going to bump there heads. The operator stopped the ride and told them to lean in. My information, my mothers information, and my boys are witnesses to this but the department of agriculture released there report without ever talking to me. After her lawyers persuasion they called me a couple days ago (did not want to contact my mom). Something is wrong here when you have people who witnessed the accident and had a similar incident moments before.
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Monday, July 30, 2007 2:27 AM
Jenniferricks, one thing I found very weird when I was working at CP's Camp Snoopy a few years ago is that when you have one rider doing something dangerous like riding in an unsafe position, you can expect to see kids doing it all day long, even when it is pretty much not a possibility that they see each other doing it.

No matter who is at fault, I really hope the girl is going to be okay. Stuff like this sucks.
*** This post was edited by dexter 7/30/2007 2:28:47 AM ***

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Monday, July 30, 2007 1:51 PM
Jenniferricks,

You saw the moment this girl struck her head?? What brought your attention to her and her only?? I have serious doubts that you saw this happen. It doesn't make sense that you would be watching a stranger. Unless of course you spotted her because she was doing something that everyone else wasn't. It feels as if you have a vested intrest or your own agenda in mind. You let your children on this ride a second time after it had to be stopped because it looked as if they were going to hit their heads?? But don't worry, lawyers have found a way around riders not following the rules with the new money line "the park failed to provide a safe enviornment". I feel bad for the girl and her family but that is no reason to start signing checks.*** This post was edited by Winston 7/30/2007 1:59:20 PM ***

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