Parents of Six-Year-Old Girl Killed at Colorado Amusement Park File Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The parents of the 6-year-old Colorado girl who fell to her death at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs in September have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the amusement park.
In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by NPR, the family of 6-year-old Wongel Estifanos alleges there were at least two prior incidents at the amusement park where the ride operators failed to properly secure passengers on the Haunted Mine Drop: one in July 2018 and another in August 2019. In both cases, operators were alerted by passengers and returned to buckle the belts.
The suit says the park owners didn’t inform the family about the previous incidents but they found out from news reports.
According to the lawsuit, the family says Wongel’s uncle accompanied her and other family members on the ride, in which the uncle “specifically observed” the ride operators interacting with her.
The lawsuit says the uncle “trusted” ride operators were properly securing the girl on the ride.