3-year-old boy falls from Chicago roller coaster, dies on the spot

By on Apr 4, 2011 in Lifestyle, Parenting, United States Comments

A 3-year-old boy fell from a roller coaster in an amusement park in Chicago on Saturday, April 2, 2011, and was reported to have died on the spot.

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According to Chicago Sun Times on Sunday, the 3-year old boy fell from a children’s roller coaster at the Go Bananas at Harlem Avenue in Chicago, on Saturday, at around 7 p.m. (Chicago time), and died instantly.

As told in the report, the boy was riding with twin brother on a roller coaster called Python Pit when he somehow managed to free himself from the safety bar and slipped out from the moving coaster and fell to the ground.

Apparently, the boy dropped to about 3 to 4 feet below wherein the highest height the roller coaster can reach is about eight feet.

Local authorities identified the 3-year old boy as Jayson Dansby, who lives in Ever Street, Dolton, who suffered severe head injuries based on the assessment of Cook County medical personnel.

According to Norridge Police Chief James Jobe, this is the first incident of its kind in Go Bananas since it opened, six years ago, which is being owned by a certain Jerrold Marks, who was not there when it happened but later sent sympathies to the family.

“It’s just a very sad tragedy,” Marks was quoted as saying at Chicago Sun Times, when he was reached by phone on Sunday morning.

“My heart goes out to the family. I can’t imagine what they are going through.” The indoor amusement center added, noting that he will fully cooperate with the local authorities.

Meanwhile, the said roller coaster was not allowed to be used while investigation is still going on.

It is being believed that the boy passed the height requirement of the ride, which was posted near the front of the establishment.

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