Posted Saturday, June 30, 2007 11:43 PM | Contributed by supermandl
Three years after a 7-year-old girl was thrown to her death from the Mind Scrambler ride here at Playland Amusement Park, a supervisor of the ride was killed Friday night after she rode it without wearing a seat belt, Westchester County officials said Saturday. It was the third death recorded from accidents involving rides at the park since 2004. The supervisor, Gabriela Garin, 21, was thrown from one of the ride’s small cars after she boarded it at 9:30 p.m., the authorities said. County officials said riders told them that she appeared to be kneeling, not sitting, on her seat. The ride is enclosed in a tent and whips patrons around in a circle as they sit in cars that spin, as lights flash and music blares.
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Thoughts with the family - however that photo of them looks like something out of a TV Guide - very posed, but i'm sure it's not.
I thought that too! It's strange...
*** This post was edited by Jeff 7/2/2007 9:16:28 AM ***
Another news report indicated that Gabriela was in fact on duty at the Scrambler at the time of the 2004 incident. This is a person who knows this ride very well, and knows the worst that it can do.
Also according to relevant news reports, the changes made to the ride after the 2004 incident included increased interior lighting, seat belts in the gondolas, and a second attendant. The story indicates that there was not a second attendant on duty at the time of this incident, and that Gabriela was in fact performing the duties of that second attendant, perhaps just helping out as she was going off-duty.
This starts to look like the operator started the ride prematurely, perhaps not knowing that someone else was loading riders, certainly having not circled the ride or taken a ready signal from the (non-existent) second operator.
This is about as senseless as an incident gets.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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