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Family files wrongful death lawsuit over Texas Giant death

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The family of Rosa Ayala-Goana has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags over Texas after the mother fell to her death from the Texas Giant.

Ayala-Goana, 52, fell 75 feet after being ejected from her seat while riding the Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington on July 19.

Ayala-Goana was seated in the third row of the carts on the roller coaster and was thrown from her seat during the "steep descent from the first large hill of the track," according to the medical examiner's report after her death.

Ayala-Goana fell 75 feet, higher than a seven story building, and struck a support metal beam. Her body then came to rest on the metal roof of a tunnel.

An autopsy showed "extensive trauma of the torso" and the cause of death was "multiple traumatic injuries" due to her fall from the ride.

The lawsuit states inspections by the park after the accident showed "various parts of the security systems on the ride were experiencing inconsistencies and intermittent failures."

It also states Six Flags admitted it replaced a "limit switch" for the restraint in the "seat in the very car in which Rosa was riding because Six Flags found the switch to be defective."

Witnesses said as people were coming back to the station, riders were crying and knew something had gone horribly wrong.

A family who was in line behind Ayala-Goana said the seat restraint seemed to go down normally before the car left. They said when the train came back, the seat restraint was down. That family said Ayala-Goana's daughter and son-in-law were calling for help. They were screaming, "We need to go get my mom!"

The Ayala-Goana family is seeking at least $1 million in damages from Six Flags.

The Texas Giant has remained closed since the July accident but will reopen the weekend of Sept. 13 after undergoing extensive testing. New restraint bar pads and new seat belts have been added.

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