Victim’s family settles Texas Giant fatality lawsuit

18 November 2014, By JEFF MOSIER;

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The family of the Dallas grandmother who died after falling from the Texas Giant roller coaster has settled its lawsuit against Six Flags Over Texas and the German ride maker, the Arlington theme park said.

Six Flags said in a prepared statement Tuesday that all sides had reached an agreement in the July 19, 2013, death of Rosa Esparza. An attorney for the ride maker said the settlement included a payment to the plaintiffs but no determination of fault.

The case was scheduled to go to trial in Fort Worth in late January.

Officials with Six Flags’ parent company previously said it had $3 million set aside to pay for the court case that was filed after Esparza, 52, fell to her death. Esparza’s family had also filed a suit against Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, the company that manufactured the cars for the Giant.

Her family could not be reached for comment but said in a statement through their lawyers that they were pleased with the settlement.

“Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers will forever be with the Esparza family,” Steve Martindale, president of Six Flags, said in a written statement. “We are thankful that all parties could reach an agreed settlement.”

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