Identified: Rosy Esparza Dies After Fall From Texas Giant in Six Flags

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This is why I don’t go on roller coasters. Rosy Esparza, a woman from Dallas, Texas, fell off the Texas Giant and died. She was visiting Six Flags Over Texas in the city of Arlington when the accident occurred. Tragically, she was sitting next to at least one of her children when the ride’s safety mechanism apparently failed.

(Scroll down to see 9 pictures of Rosy Esparza. We send our sincere R.I.P. thoughts to her family and friends.)

Witnesses say that the woman suspected something was wrong before the ride even started but that Six Flags employees brushed off her worries. If that’s true, the company better get ready to pay the family millions of dollars in damages. This kind of accident should never happen — especially as a result of human error.

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Rosy Esparza

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  • MelNTexas

    This is such a tragic death BUT was she not over the weight limit? Seriously if your that fat and your harness cannot click in properly, do NOT get on the roller coaster!

    • Guest

      Bingo. When too much of your weight is above the seat restraint, you are like a champagne cork, ready to pop.

    • MK03

      Sounds like a lazy and/or negligent park employee. It’s part of their job to enforce safety rules, and it appears that this person just didn’t care.

    • Carranza

      Its not the employee’s fault. If the saftey belt “clicks” that is a sign that the seat restraint locked. The employee even stated to the lady that if it clicked you should be fine. He did what he was supposed to. It is not his fault that this tragic accident occured. Now onto the fact that the employee shoud have enforced the weight limit rule. How are you supposed to tell if the person is over the weight limit. Sometimes it is hard to judge. Besides what are you supposed to do, say “Sorry ma’am you look to large to ride”? Before anyone starts to put the blame on the park employee let the officials finish their investigation. What ever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?

    • pearldiamondMD

      No, he didn’t do what he was supposed to do. The safety analyst has stated that there should have been more than one click, which is standard procedures for their rides. That employee was obviously careless and negligent.

    • jason

      I don’t know but I have seen bigger people than her ride rollercoasters and they survived.

    • Carranza

      Its not the employee’s fault. If the saftey belt “clicks” that is a sign that the seat restraint locked. The employee even stated to the lady that if it clicked you should be fine. He did what he was supposed to. It is not his fault that this tragic accident occured. Now onto the fact that the employee shoud have enforced the weight limit rule. How are you supposed to tell if the person is over the weight limit. Sometimes it is hard to judge. Besides what are you supposed to do, say “Sorry ma’am you look to large to ride”? Before anyone starts to put the blame on the park employee let the officials finish their investigation. What ever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?

    • Oh dear

      Do you even read what other people have commented before you? A person just said they don’t click 6 other comments down…. Check “Person2013′s” comment. Whom has taken a ride on the roller coaster before, & new investigation has stated this aswell, at abut the same day this article was published.

    • Carranza

      Previous comment was in reply to MKO3

  • Nani Jo

    How could she possibly fit in one of those seats, I know you’re supposed to pull the latch down and it clicks tightly, there is no way she could’ve if she is that big.

    • professorpat

      I agree Nani Jo…this poor woman must’ve tipped the scales at 300+ pounds ….no way in hell this hippos should’ve been allowed on the ride…and she knew better…witnesses report that she was very anxious and wanted to get off the ride…..she knew very well that with her size and weight there was no way she was secure…

    • Aleshia

      Yes, witnesses say that she did want to get off the ride and the employee should have let her off. If someone is one a ride and decides before it starts that they want to get off the ride it is unlawful for the employee to dismiss the guest’s feelings and make them ride anyway. The employee could have hit the emergency release button, let her off the ride to wait and allow the next guest to fill her spot on the coaster. If it were one of my family members, I would sue the hell out of Six Flags

  • NJ

    Prayers go out to this family. Such a tradgedy!

  • Beatrix

    If she was too fat for the ride, then that’s on the workers to not let her on.

    • SomeoneElse

      Then they get sued for discrimination.

    • Black Wolf Standing

      Not really. Most parks have weight limits for rides. If the employee thinks that a person is above the weight limit, then it is their responsibility to deny access to the ride.

    • Missi SaidItAll

      It’s not discrimination, it’s safety. Just like a height restriction.

  • CJ

    there’s a special place in hell for all you losers

    • ljs2730

      This is a horrible tragedy, but the points below are valid. Weight may have played a role in this death. Terrible but true.

    • klane

      That’s ridiculous. More skinny people have fallen out…You’re an idiot.

    • SamMcK1

      Why exactly is someone an “idiot” for pointing out something which could very well be a valid reason for why this event occurred? Are you going to believe her weight was totally irrelevant to this situation in ANY way, and should not even be considered as a possible factor just because you feel personally sensitive about anybody saying anything about weight? It’s just science that someone needs to fit properly in a roller coaster seat in order to be safely secured by the bar, whether you like it or not. A person is not an idiot just for using objective reasoning and pointing this out.

    • jeremy

      Im skinny and i’ve never come close to falling. My butt comes up a bit sometimes but i always push the lap bar down. I have been the six flags over texas many times and i know that the lap bars on the texas giant dont click. you push them down all the way and then the attendants come by and pull up to make sure it is in place. So i doubt it was the employees fault. Yes weight might have factored in to the bar not being able to close all the way, but its most likely mechanical fault. I used to work there, and while i hated it, i’ll be honest, they take safety very serious there. They also go in earlier than most to make sure the rides are good. But i did notice that at least once a week they have to do the rides with no one on to see if everything is good. So most likely mechanical fault.

    • grep

      Every story I’ve ever read like this one the person was very overweight.

  • Benny

    I am sure if the park employee told her she can’t ride because she is over weight, she will yell at them all, file complain and being super rude. I see too many of those. She should know better, how could anyone in their right mind think she will fit?

    • L.B.

      There’s nothing to say that she would have complained, and even if she would have, does that mean she deserves to die?

  • Houston Veteran

    Pray for the child who watched their Mother die. This is not a weight issue… It’s a “safety check the restraints issue”… It’s a go or no-go situation the operator should have cleared the restraint correctly. Keep the comments classy folks, a woman died that did not have to!

    • markeightthirtysix

      very well put. thank you.

      James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

  • Claudia L.

    “Witnesses say that the woman suspected something was wrong before the ride even started but that Six Flags employees brushed off her worries. If that’s true, the company better get ready to pay the family millions of dollars in damages.”

    MONEY DOES NOT REPLACE THE LIFE OF A HUMAN BEING BUT I AGREE THAT “SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS” HAS TO PAY FOR THEIR MISTAKE AND IT BETTER BE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!

    IT WAS OBVIOUSLY THE FAULT OF THIS AMUSEMENT PARK BECAUSE THE SAFETY MECHANISM FAILED AND THE EMPLOYEE BRUSHED OFF THE SAFETY WORRIES OF THIS LADY WHICH COULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT!!!

    SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN OVERWEIGHT BUT MOST AMERICANS ARE AND THE SAFTEY OF AN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE SHOULD BE GIVEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE OTHERWISE THE RIDE SHOULD BE RESTRICTED OR CLOSED.

    MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCE TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

  • cristy

    The People on here who are mentioning her weight are not only sick but dumb as a rock. Weight has nothing to do with it…

    These are the same people that had she been THIN.. would be on here saying it was her fault because she was TOO SKINNY and FELL OUT out because she was TOO THIN…Or that the person was too TALL for the ride or that the person was TOO short or TOO PETITE to ride. ETC ETC ETC

    The truth is noone is a perfect size. RIDES ARE ENGINEERED for all body types.

    If there are any restrictions it is incumbent on the ride/staff to advise. ie kids under 8 etc..

    This beautiful and loving mother was killed. HER devastated son was screaming running into the tracks..THIS IS EXTREMELY heartbreaking and tragic.

    Such ignorant and idiotic statements have shocked and saddened me..I’m so lucky that I do not know people of your kind. Karma will get you.

    • dave

      …if her harness didn’t fit, you would be committing a pretty serious logical fallacy by not at least acknowledging that it played a role. I believe it was caused by the negligence of a park employee, and it’s the employees fault, no doubt. Her weight did play a role in her demise. Extremely tragic…but true.

    • Tammy

      Just like seatbelts are engineered for all body types, right?

    • kingbee2u

      You’re an idiot and in denial not to think her obesity had nothing to do with this tragic accident. You probably overreact to these “fat” observations because you are fat, too.
      Obviously, if her harness barely engaged because she was too fat, then the harness would have greater stress placed upon it by her girth multiplied by the velocity and G’s she was pulling during the ride. It snapped and she flew out.
      Its time we had an honest conversation in America about obesity. Whether we’re talking about morbidly overweight people buying 2 seats on an airline or not being allowed to fly. Or, not allowing grossly overweight people to ride on “extreme” rides. Take a look around a Wal-Mart and watch all the fat bodies riding around on electric carts because their can barely walk.

    • Patrick

      So by this logic a toddler and someone weighing 1000 lbs should be able to ride? There are several factors that appear to be in play here…one is size and the other is procedure. An investigation will hopefully shine a clearer light.

    • strychnine

      This is about fat people complaining that they can’t have all the nice things normal sized people do – if the attendant had done what they should have and told her she was too big, she’d be alive. One less fatty though.

    • Rikm

      Rides shouldn’t change to conform to this new “body type”.

    • westc2

      Well 2 things contributed to this accident. Employee negligence, and faulty ride restraints that aren’t able to accomidate obese people under extreme conditions when not clicked in. Some interesting facts to know would be: Had she ridden this ride before? Did the bar restraint break at the hinge or something or was it just not low enough to secure her in the first place? My guess is the 2nd thing. She probably couldn’t lower the bar enough to hold her in place. This ride wasn’t designed for people of her body type, it was designed for normal, skinny, tall, short, petite, overweight people, but NOT obese people.

  • Elaine

    This ride should be PERMANENTLY CLOSED!!! These high speed, extra height roller
    coasters are very dangerous even with strong properly latched safety harnesses.

    • chared99

      Lets take every fat person over 300LBS and you will see a lot more people having accidents.

    • chared99

      Lets take every fat person over 300LBS and you will see a lot more people having accidents.

  • Miranda

    Not all rides are made for all body types, sometimes my mother who is big is asked to get off the ride because she won’t be safe due to her weight… So the park employer shoulda told her that.

    • Miranda

      And yea sure it hurts my feelings and hers but we rather have that then her die. In California when we went, some of the rides apologize that you can’t be heavy set to ride. Because of the safety precautions.

  • L.B.

    Posting pictures of the roller coaster as “Pictures of Rosy Esparza” is a pretty screwed up way to remember her.

  • James McGill

    So all you people saying she was too heavy for the ride… you know her weight? How? Or are you just assuming?

    • chared99

      she is about 320 LBS

    • chared99

      she is about 320 LBS

    • westc2

      You can see a picture of her if you google her name.

  • Sensible

    People need to take personal responsibility for their decisions. While tragic, see was too overweight to ride.

  • nicole2885

    So the woman was heavy set, the point is people that she lost her life on what should have been a mechanically safe ride. Her son watched his mother fall out and her daughter was next to her in the car. The fact that some of you are on here speculating about whose fault it is and how she should have known better is ridiculous and ludicrous. I was there Friday and while I did not actually witness this horrible tragedy, I had ridden the Texas giant just an hour or two before she did. That could have been me, it could have been my mother or step mother or my little brother…the people in like that witnessed it as it happened are just as struck by it as the family who lost a wonderful lady. The point is she didn’t deserve to die, not there and not that way. Accident it may be, she didn’t deserve it and someone should have not been so careless.

    • chared99

      One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other. No one is arguing that it is not a tragedy that she lost her life and that she was a good women. What we are saying that if you were on the ride instead of her you would be alive after the ride. We have height restrictions for a reason. We have weight restrictions for a reason. The question is why didn’t SIX FLAGS stop her and tell her she cannot go on. A lawsuit is better than a death. Now this women who looks like she just illegally crossed the border family is going to be paid millions of dollars. Now SIX FLAGS. In her car it most like says ‘TILT” showing that the car is at maximum weight when she is in it.

    • chared99

      One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other. No one is arguing that it is not a tragedy and that she was not a good women. What we are saying that if you were on the ride instead of her you would be alive after the ride. We have height restrictions for a reason. We have weight restrictions for a reason. The question is why didn’t SIX FLAGS stop her and tell her she cannot go on the ride. Clearly weight is a factor. A fat women was unable to board a plane because she was over 300 lbs and the plane was maximum capacity and she needed two seats so she died in Europe because the airline would not allow her to board. Weight is a factor people 300 lbs need two seats not one.

    • chared99

      One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other. No one is arguing that it is not a tragedy and that she was not a good women. What we are saying that if you were on the ride instead of her you would be alive after the ride. We have height restrictions for a reason. We have weight restrictions for a reason. The question is why didn’t SIX FLAGS stop her and tell her she cannot go on the ride. Clearly weight is a factor. A fat women was unable to board a plane because she was over 300 lbs and the plane was maximum capacity and she needed two seats so she died in Europe because the airline would not allow her to board. Weight is a factor people 300 lbs need two seats not one.

  • Ru4real

    I do not know her weight and yes it is an extreme tragedy but from the pictures I’ve seen she appears to be too big to properly fit in one of those cars. Maybe when th attendant came by and lifted the bar to ck it, there was tension from possibly being pushed under part of her belly yet it wasn’t truelly fastened. With that said if she indeed brought to their attn that she didn’t feel it was fastened properly they should have ck’d it more closely as should she have.

  • Person2013

    I’ve been to six flags over texas about a million times. I’ve had a season pass since I was tall enough to anything. With that being said, I’ve ridden this particular ride about a hundred times without hearing of any issues before now. One thing to note about these lap bars is that they don’t “click” as described in the news media and from said witnesses. The seat bar glides down into place and actually takes quite a bit of force to push down. There is also an indicator light in the middle of a four seater car. Once your lap bar is “secured” the light turns green. And right before the start of the ride an employee checks every seat. They always give it a strong tug to make sure that it is locked down.
    Sadly, weight definitely had to be a factor here (if you think it isn’t maybe you should look into some laws of physics… Just saying). It’s a shame that this poor lady lost her life so tragically and even more tragic that her daughter and son-in-law had to see such an event such as this occur. And I’m deeply saddened for them and they have been in my thoughts and prayers. But.. The six flags employee was definitely negligent in letting her ride, considering her size (I’m not trying to be inconsiderate and rude when I say that. It’s just the facts). I know during my visits to six flags that I’ve seen employees have to tell people that because of their size it’s unsafe for them to ride a particular ride. Too bad this employee was probably some 16 year old who just wanted to earn some money over the summer.

  • jason

    I have seen bigger people than her ride rollercoasters and they survived, this was a mistake by the employee, should have checked to make sure it was secure, if it wasn’t closing on her then should have kindly asked her to step off for her own safety……this lady thought she would be okay because the employees told her she was fine, this according to witnesses…..stop blaming her for her death.

    • westc2

      Yeah you’re right, it’s not the visitor’s job to determine if they’re restrained properly, it’s the ride operator’s.

  • Rikm

    If it turns out it was because of her weight, they should put scales at the end of the line.

  • Elizabeth

    Such a tragedy. She had a very kind face and I’m sure she had a beautiful heart. She was obviously a wonderful mom since her children spoke so fondly of her. Very sad loss. This could have happened to anyone’s mother…it’s horrifying to think about.

  • Fatso

    My condolences to Mrs. Esparza’s friends and family! How very tragic.

    I’m a large woman weighing 230 lbs. When I went on one of these rides at a theme park, after the ride had started, it just did not FEEL (especially when I was upside down) safe and I decided not to ride them again unless/until I lost weight. I am NOT saying she should have known better. Was this a freak accident or an inevitability? I do think the parks should do something different. It’s a touchy subject and a lot of women AND men would be embarrassed to have this brought up and sent away. If that did happen, I think a lot of people who want to ride but “believe” they aren’t too fat, would whine and complain. So I don’t know who should be blamed or what the solution is.

  • fhammer

    she is definitely over the limit

  • Francesca

    May she RIP. It would seem she may have had many co existing health conditions in addition to obesity. Has it been told what the maximum weight is for each seat?

  • Johnny B

    This is unbelievable..and tragic. My prayers go to the family.

    I am assured that weight had the major impact on this accident. The mechanical failure will be determined a function of her weight. The question is…if she was in another seat..and buckled the same exact way…would this still would have happened? My read is it would have …but we will never know.

    We can go down the list of whose at “fault”…..but Yes…the lady should have been aware of the weight limitation as stated in the safety book. I am not sure if it is posted on the ride itself. I remember not being able to ride when I was younger…..due to height restriction. The same reason,…lack of height may cause you to fall from the ride. Yes the operator’s should have prevented her from riding…but can you imagine the media jumping on that one.

    Clicks. Most folks don’t count the number of clicks…but it did click once. IS there a rule posting that the ride has to click a number of times. The operator may hear 1 or 2 or 3….but they hand ckeck the safety harness…most of the time. The rider …if concerned….needs to be vocal about her concerns…to the point of stopping the ride. The rider could have been”slooched” in the seat..and not able to have the harnes properly secured. There are alot of “ifs” here.

    This should be another wake up call for obesity. Responsibility for obesity lies purely with the individual..unless there is a underlying health issue. THe US is the 2nd most obese nation in the world. Why are Europeans not obese?? . Airlines aware of weight issues are looking to upcharge …obesity contributes to health issues…and the list goes on. The fast food mentallity….has been a contributing factor.. If an obese person dies of a heart attack….where does the fault lie.?? I am sure she was warned of her obesity..and did nothing about it.

    I am not ruling out mechanical isues if ..However,…IF there are weight limitations deemed by the roller coaster manufacturer and the individual decides to ride anyway…where does the fault lie??. They know how much they weigh….not the High School age attendent. I am sorry a tragedy has to happen before people start to pay atention…People have to start taking responsiblity. Everyone loves to blame eveyone else. I know this is more tragic…..but it could have been prevented. The only winners here are the lawyers.

  • thevoiceofreason

    SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ON A ROLLER COASTER. SHE SHOULD’VE BEEN ON A TREADMILL.

  • simon austin

    I am absolutely terrified of Rollercoasters for this very reason. I’m not a thrillseeker in any way, I don’t seem to get adrenaline rushes the same way as other people. I hate being in situations in which my safety is out of control, and were anything to go wrong it would mean certain death. I buckled to pressure when I went on holiday with my friends and I went on a few rollercoasters, on one of them it seemed the chestguard that comes down on you didn’t come down as far on me, this terrified me. I called the ride operator and told him it didn’t feel right, he looked at me at a distance and said “it’s fine” no care, no consideration to check.

  • Dena Castaneda

    Why don’t you rude people find something productive to do? Your ignorant comments are doing nothing but causing more pain. This poor family has to deal with this tragedy and they shouldn’t have to deal with stupid people on top of that. Give them all the respect they need and deserve at this time.

  • Aleshia

    I feel sorry for the family. I always saw the Texas Giant as an unsafe ride. I rode it once as a teen and could feel my body come up off the seat during parts or the ride and my lap bar wobbled which made me nervous. I would never ride that ride again especially not after seeing this. Also, I don’t really think lap bars are a very safe method of restraint, especially the ones that angle up from the floor board. Ones that come down overhead from behind the rider are much more safe, even better if they have a buckle that can be fastened between the rider’s legs for extra safe measure. Best restraints are the harnesses that can buckle between the legs. The Texas Giant needs to have a better restraint system before it reopens. Too many people have been injured on this ride, and now this ride has killed some one. Six Flags; for the sake of your guests at least put a lap belt on your rides as extra protection just in-case the lap bar fails!

    Also, ride operators need better training, I’ve been to too many theme parks where the ride operators have “just don’t give a shit” attitudes. I’m like “seriously? Ride operating is serious business. People’s safety depends on the operator’s ability to make the proper judgements pertaining to ride safety. The operator should have known that the ride’s safety restraints should have clicked three times and when it didn’t, s/he should have said “I’m sorry ma’am but i cannot let you ride this ride unless the lap bar can fully lock. It is for your safety that I have to ask you to exit the ride. I am sorry.” (or a fact there similar) instead of telling her that since the restraint clicked once she “should” be okay when she voiced her concern about the safety restraint. When she did so, s/he should have offered to let her off the ride.

    I in no way blame the victim. She simply wanted to enjoy a day at Six Flags like anyone else. “Bigger” people deserve to have fun just like anyone else. Engineers need to design coasters to be more “big people” friendly. I know that it is possible to make restraints that are more adaptable to different body sizes and shapes, and they should do that.

    For those of you saying she should not have gotten on the ride, her family said that it was her first time at the park. Without getting on the ride, how was she to know that the restraints would not lock down properly on her?

  • Mary Strobridge

    How come they don’t tell people that are riding to keep their hands down at all times?Or do they?

  • gene

    trying to put the blame back on the women.the family should sue for over 30 million at least.this is a life lost.