Woman Falls To Death From Texas Roller Coaster

Woman Falls To Death From Texas Roller CoasterAn initial investigation shows no sign of foul play in the death of a woman who fell from a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, authorities said Saturday.

‘Not properly secured’

Six Flags confirmed that a woman died Friday while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster, but did not provide further details.

Carmen Brown told the Dallas Morning News that the woman had expressed concern to a park employee that she was not properly secured in her seat.

“He was basically nonchalant,” Brown said. “He was, like, ‘As long as you heard it click, you’re fine.’ Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride.”


‘Exactly what happened’

Six Flags Over Texas spokeswoman Sharon Parker said the park is committed to determining exactly what happened.

The Texas Giant was originally designed in 1990 as an all wooden roller coaster. It was redesigned with a steel track and reopened in April 2011 to mark the theme park’s 50th anniversary. At its highest point, the roller coaster is 153 feet and has a drop of 147 feet, according to the theme park.

What do you think caused that woman to fall from her seat in the roller coaster? Should Six Flags Over Texas be held responsible for her death?

Source: Kevin Conlon and AnneClaire Stapleton | CNN

Image: Culture Map Dallas

Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin’s Death

Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin's DeathGeorge Zimmerman never denied shooting Trayvon Martin, but he said he did so in self defense. Late Saturday night, a Florida jury found him not guilty in the teenager’s death.

‘Intentionally committed’

The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race. The six jurors — all of them women — deliberated for 16½ hours. Five of the women are white; one is a minority.

To convict Zimmerman of manslaughter, the jurors would have had to believe he “intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death of Trayvon Martin.” That charge could have carried a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, though the jury was not told of that possible sentence.


‘Deadly encounter’

Both sides of the case asked for peace after the verdict. In the immediate aftermath, they appeared to have gotten their wish — even though the Internet erupted with outrage. But now that Zimmerman is a free man, his defense and his brother fear for his safety.

The deadly encounter took place on February 26, 2012, as Martin walked back to his father’s fiancee’s house through the rain from a Sanford convenience store. The 17-year-old was carrying Skittles and a drink. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, spotted him and called police. Sometime after that, Zimmerman and Martin got into a physical altercation that ended in Martin’s death.

Are you satisfied with the jury’s verdict for George Zimmerman? Why or why not?

Source: Greg Botelho and Holly Yan | CNN

Image: NBC News