SANDUSKY, OH - Every year, millions of thrill-seekers flock to Cedar Point, the 'Roller Coaster Capital of the World,' in Sandusky, Ohio. One of the popular, record-breaking rides is the 'Raptor.' The steel-inverted coaster goes 57 mph and has six loops. For one East Canton man, it was the last ride of his life.
Police say James Young, 45, lost his cell phone during the ride. Instead of alerting park officials, he decided to find it himself--a deadly mistake.
"He jumped over a fence into a restricted area under the roller coaster and was looking for his personal belongings," said Assistant Chief Phil Frost, "Mr. Young was hit by the Raptor train that was in operation."
Young died at the scene. This isn't the first time someone has lost their life trying to find lost items. Back in 2008, a young man at Six Flags over Georgia dropped his hat on 'Batman: The Ride.' He, too, wondered into a restricted area to retrieve it, and the roller coaster car knocked his head clean off.
These are senseless deaths, folks, which can absolutely be prevented. Roller coasters are designed for riders to lose their minds for a couple of heart-stopping minutes--but don't lose your head over a hat or a cell phone!