Boy, 12, Passes Out And Dies While Riding Rollercoaster In Indiana
A 12-year-old boy passed out and died while riding a popular rollercoaster in Indiana, US, according to state officials.
On 27 June, Brayden Cooper-Douglas boarded the Hoosier Hurricane ride at Indiana Beach and fell ill. When medical responders came to his aid, he failed to regain consciousness and was later pronounced dead.
Now autopsy results have remained 'undetermined', following autopsy results by White County's coroner.
According to the Journal & Courier, White County coroner Tony Deibel said: "Based on all information known to me at this time, I have no determination as to the cause of death of Brayden Cooper."
He added that the autopsy 'revealed no trauma, injury, congenital abnormalities or toxins'. The following day, Mr Deibel and White County Sheriff Bill Brooks told the newspaper that Brayden had a medical emergency that was not caused by Indiana Beach or the ride.
Brayden's parents, Shaeley Cooper and Matthew Douglas, are still to comment on the ruling made by the coroner but they have filed a lawsuit against Apex Parks Group - the company that owns the amusement park.
In a statement, Indiana Beach said: "We are deeply saddened by the incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the guest's family and friends at this difficult time.
"The safety of our guests is our first priority. We, along with local and state authorities, performed a thorough inspection of this attraction following the incident. The attraction was determined to be safe and reopened to the public. We have no other comments at this time."
Last month, Ms Cooper and Mr Douglas told the Journal & Courier that their son was healthy. Their lawsuit claims that 'negligence of the defendant was the proximate cause of the fatal injuries'.
They also said that Indiana Beach had a duty to use 'ordinary care and diligence to keep and maintain said premises in a condition reasonably safe for its intended uses and free from all defects and conditions which would render the premises dangerous and unsafe'.
Days after Brayden died, family members of a young girl who was also 12 claimed that she had to go to the emergency room after saying that she was shocked when she tried to lift the restraining bar to get off the Hoosier Hurricane.
On Indiana Beach's website, they claim that riders of the Hoosier Hurricane will be 'taken for a wild trip of turns and drops,' on the wooden coaster. It adds: "The untamed ride runs nearly the full-length of the Boardwalk Funway and back again, skimming the very edge of the waters of Lake Shafer."
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