Monday, June 30, 2008

Bad things can happen when you do stupid things

The popular "Batman the Ride" rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Georgia remained closed Sunday while authorities continued investigating the death of a teenager who jumped over two fences and was struck by the ride.

The 17-year-old South Carolina teen who died was identified as Asia Leeshawn Ferguson, of Springfield, S.C. He was on a church outing when the incident occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday. It was the second Batman ride-related death at the Cobb County park.

According to police and the amusement park, Ferguson and a friend climbed over two 6-foot fences -- a wrought-iron style park perimeter fence and a second chainlink fence around the Batman ride -- as a shortcut to get back into the park after lunch. Signs about 40 to 50 feet apart on the outer fence warn that it is a "restricted area" for "authorized personnel only."

According to park officials, a sign on a locked gate at the chain link fence also reads "Danger zone" and "Do not enter."

Ferguson was decapitated when the ride struck him, police said.

I think at 17 one knows how to read and comprehend, knows right from wrong, and knows that when you ignore safety warning you put yourself at risk.

Tough to know what to say about this. It's tragic, no question. But why these boys (young men, really) were jumping the fence in the first place in spite of the obvious hazards is beyond me.

Lawsuit? My guess . . . yes.

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