Woman falls to her death from Chicago ferris wheel

Posted Monday, May 14, 2001 4:17 AM | Contributed by redman822

For reasons not immediately obvious, a woman fell from the 150-foot ferris wheel at Chicago's Navy Pier.

Read the story from the Chicago Sun Times.

Monday, May 14, 2001 4:20 AM
Wow...that's freaky. I've always been terrified of ferris wheels for some reason. That's too bad :(

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-Glitchey
Who was at BGW on April 28th.
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Monday, May 14, 2001 4:46 AM
When I submitted this on Friday, the cause was "still under investigation". Well, the investigation has been completed, and it appears that this was a suicide. Check out the link below.

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/metro13.html

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"It's Deja Vu all over again." - Yogi Berra
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Monday, May 14, 2001 8:15 AM
It had to have been suicide. The compartments you sit in are enclosed gondolas or whatever they are called.
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Monday, May 14, 2001 10:57 AM
john peck's avatar Its a large Vekoma wheel EXACTLY what Darien Lake and Kentucky Kingdom have.

There is NO way you are coming out if you don't deliberately unlatch the doors.

Plus she was riding ALONE... Suicide? Perhaps...
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Monday, May 14, 2001 11:06 AM
God. Why would someone do this at a park. Could this have been a revenge on the park. I mean now nobody will go there any more because they will think it is not safe there.
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Monday, May 14, 2001 11:54 AM
I still think it's safe. As mentioned in the article that redman822 posted it was ruled suicide. What a sad and painful way to go...

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Monday, May 14, 2001 12:15 PM
Not to be cruel, but what an expensive way to go! Pay for park admission and all that... Yikes. But these types of incidents aren't unheard of, certainly. Or in a more morbid sense, not for revenge on the park, but to choose to do so in a place that always brought you happiness? Spooky.

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Monday, May 14, 2001 12:33 PM
Man, I would hate to be the one to see that. I mean no offense here, but......SPLAT.

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Monday, May 14, 2001 1:30 PM
It's a very sad situation indeed. Thank God she didn't hit anybody when she fell.
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Monday, May 14, 2001 1:35 PM
SFDL06 says:

God. Why would someone do this at a park. Could this have been a revenge on the park. I mean now nobody will go there any more because they will think it is not safe there.


Its actually not a park. This Ferris Wheel is on Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. Its a private separate attraction along with a merry-go-round.
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Monday, May 14, 2001 2:37 PM
...and now that it has been ruled a suicide, I don't think there will be any reservations against the safety of the ride.

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Loopscrew.com
It's coming...
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Monday, May 14, 2001 3:07 PM
It's a very sad story. I even heard that the lady fell on one of the metel supports. Ouch!
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Monday, May 14, 2001 4:55 PM
She get's what she got. Suicide is never the answer.

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Monday, May 14, 2001 9:40 PM
maybe she was just impatient... i mean those things do take a while to unload.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 12:35 AM
ACK, and to think I was riding the same model at SFKK that day. It's an interesting way to go if you think about it, but it's tragic no less.

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Jeremy Murphy
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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 3:02 PM
Ferris wheels freak me out too. I can go on the tallest hyper or giga and be fine but get me in a tall Ferris wheel and I get nervous! Thats sad to hear that it was suicide.

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No Lapbar, No Seatbelt, No Problem!
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Friday, May 25, 2001 7:11 PM
"I'm not paying $4 to kill myself on Wheel 1".
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