“They’re obviously crushed, losing a child, but to lose a child because of this kind of recklessness in this way, they are just crushed,” Caplis told CNN. “They are absolutely determined to hold this amusement park fully accountable through this lawsuit and they correctly believe that they will be protecting other families by doing that.”
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Girl wasn’t buckled into the ride, state report finds
An investigation by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Oil and Public Safety revealed Wongel was not buckled into the ride when it launched
, 根据 a report it released
“There are two seatbelts for each passenger, 但 “When Ms. Estifanos, a six-year-old girl, sat down on the ride, operators did not notice she was sitting on top of both seatbelts,” 报告说.
“Because Ms. Estifanos was not restrained in the seat she became separated from her seat and fell to the bottom of the (Haunted Mine Drop) shaft, resulting in her death,” 报告说.
The park’s founder, Steve Beckley, told CNN in September that the owners, management and park itself were “heart-broken” by the accident.
“There is no way we can imagine the pain of loss that the Estifanos family and their friends are experiencing,” Beckley’s statement read. “Safety is, and always has been, our top priority. Since opening our first ride just over 15 几年前, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has delivered more than 10 million safe and enjoyable rides.”
The park has been working closely with OPS and “independent safety experts” to review the accident, Beckley said.
Dagne and Rahel Estifanos will use their lawsuit to “force the full truth to be disclosed to them, and to the public. Their mission is to protect other families by holding all who are responsible for the killing of their daughter fully accountable, and by sending a loud and clear message to the entire amusement park industry,” according to their attorney’s statement.