Woman dies due to ‘force’ of rollercoaster ride

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Well, not quite.

But a 47-year-old Ohio woman did die from “severe blood loss internally,” according to the autopsy report obtained by the Indy Star, after riding an Indiana rollercoaster in June.

Dawn R. Jankovic was found unresponsive on June 4 in her seat on the Voyage wooden rollercoaster at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, which she had just ridden in with her 17-year-old son Gunnar Merker, according to Fox 8.

Dubois County Coroner Katie Schuck ruled Jankovic’s death had “nothing to do with the ride itself, but it basically was just the force.”

Shuck said the rollercoaster’s force caused an avulsion of the right internal thoracic artery, according to 14 News.

Jankovic was taken to hospital but later died.

The amusement park closed the ride that day but said: “A full inspection of the roller coaster has been performed, and it was determined that the ride operated as it was intended to.”

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Gunnar told Fox 8 Jankovic had been “fine the whole entire day” when she died.

And his father Gary told Fox 8 rollercoasters were a mother-son bonding experience for them.

“Him and her are both rollercoaster enthusiasts … They go all over the place to different amusement parks. That was their thing” he said.


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