Teen killed in Batman low zone at Six Flags Over Georgia

Posted Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:16 AM | Contributed by ridemcoaster

A teenager Saturday was struck and killed by a roller coaster at the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park outside Atlanta, authorities said. The 17-year-old park visitor was decapitated after scaling two fences -- one of which was six feet tall -- around the Batman roller coaster, park spokeswoman Hela Sheth said in a statement.

Read more from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CNN.

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Monday, June 30, 2008 11:24 AM
Six flags stock is hurting today too. Maybe because of this incident. It's down to $1.20
Monday, June 30, 2008 11:59 AM
Call me a skeptic, but I don't buy into the statement that the two were crossing that area as a "shortcut", as referenced in the AJ-C article.
Monday, June 30, 2008 12:06 PM
Even if it was trying to get a hat then tough luck on that. Get another one. The two young adults broke the rules and one of them paid the ultimate price for that mistake. They should have enough intelligence to know that don't cross two fences while there is warning signs there.
Monday, June 30, 2008 12:40 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Can't seem to find any comment by family member.


Monday, June 30, 2008 1:05 PM
Okay... I still don't see any comment by family member, even in the new link.
Monday, June 30, 2008 1:15 PM
I don't either, 'moosh. Quote? Here's the full story I see:

Mon Jun 30, 9:09 AM ET

A popular ride at a Georgia amusement park is reopening after a South Carolina teenager was decapitated by the roller coaster.

Police say 17-year-old Asia LeeShawn Ferguson IV of Columbia, S.C., died when he was hit by the Batman roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday. The teen had climbed over two fences to enter a restricted area.

The park closed the ride over the weekend out of respect for the family.

Police are still investigating why Ferguson was in the restricted area. Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said an autopsy will be conducted Monday.

Perhaps you have an older (longer) version in your cache?

*** This post was edited by Brian Noble 6/30/2008 1:17:18 PM ***

Monday, June 30, 2008 2:41 PM

"We're not clear on what happened," he said. "All we know is that we don't blame anybody."

Monday, June 30, 2008 3:45 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Thanks Timo :)
Monday, June 30, 2008 5:28 PM
2 teens climbing a fence, and yet not one park visitor warned them, or attempted to stop them.
Monday, June 30, 2008 6:14 PM
El Gato, the warning signs should have been enough for anyone. It doesn't take someone of high intelligence knows that climbing over fences with warning signs is very stupid. I pity the people that had to pick up his body and head not the idiot himself.
Monday, June 30, 2008 8:52 PM
Mamoosh's avatar ...and how do you know no one did warn them?
Monday, June 30, 2008 9:35 PM
Mamoosh, use your brain. If you see warning signs then it shouldn't take you long to know that you aren't supposed to be in that area. Could it be that this 17 year wasn't that smart enough to know not to jump two fences and get in a area that he wasn't supposed to be in. I doubt that. No one has to tell them that they wasn't in an area they wasn't supposed to be in if they had warning signs. Anyone with enough intelligence would know not to go under a rollercoaster while it was running. I don't pity this idiot at all. It just proves that darwin's theory was correct in that mature will provide a way for those who wish to commit suicide.
Monday, June 30, 2008 10:03 PM
OhioStater's avatar Why would a park visitor warn them? They were warned; it's called a fence!

Just a terribly dumb, dumb, dumb way to die. God is quite irate, because a sperm was wasted.*** This post was edited by OhioStater 6/30/2008 10:05:34 PM ***

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 2:10 AM
Made me think of this


It's really upsetting to see this stuff. Or to hear about it for that matter. What a consequential thing to attempt.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 7:49 AM
True on that. IS a hat worth your life? Heck no. Still the ride is down until the investigation is over. Now the family is trying to sue Six Flags due to the lose of this idiot. I hope that Six flags wins this one and forces the idiotic parents to pay for court and attorney fees.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 7:55 AM
OhioStater's avatar It is upsetting; as a new parent, I have a new realization of how much one can worry and fantasize about all the dangers, etc that exist in this world that can cause potentional harm to a little (or not so little) one. To go out of this world in this fashion is just so mind-boggling idiotic..what can one say?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 8:31 AM
Ohio, this kid was 17 and should have known better than jumping two fences. I don't feel sorry for him at all or his parents who sees this death as a way of making some fast cash.
*** This post was edited by Majorcut 7/1/2008 8:59:36 AM ***
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 9:27 AM
Jeff's avatar Wow, that's pretty lame. You actually think days after their kid dies that the parents are looking for money. Who are you to judge them?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 10:33 AM
Jeff, what I posted is true. The kid was stupid to jump two fences clearly marked as authorized personnel only and it happened to be around a rollercoaster. That tell you what kind of intelligence this kid had being 17. The parents see this as a way to put blame on an amusement park for the actions of thier idiot son.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 11:21 AM
I'd like to see evidence for this statement:

The parents see this as a way to put blame on an amusement park for the actions of thier idiot son.


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