A 17-year-old teenager, identified as Asia Leeshawn Ferguson from Columbia, South Carolina, was decapitated and killed by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area around the Batman roller coaster on Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park, according to official reports.
According to police and the amusement park officials, Ferguson and a friend climbed over two 6-foot fences, a wrought-iron style park perimeter fence and a second chain-link fence around the Batman ride, as a shortcut to get back into the park after lunch. Signs about 40 to 50 feet apart on the outer fence warn that it is a “restricted area” for “authorized personnel only.”
Ferguson and his parents were on a church outing when the incident occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29th. Authorities were investigating reports from witnesses who said the teenager jumped the fences to retrieve a hat he lost while riding the Batman roller coaster, said Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce.
Six Flags security and safety personnel responded immediately, and the Cobb County Fire Department was on site just minutes after the incident occurred. The medical examiner arrived on the scene and confirmed that the 17-year-old male was killed instantaneously.
Police said the ride was going full-speed at 50 mph when the teen was struck and killed. No one riding on the roller coaster was injured. The teen’s friend also entered the restricted area but was not injured.
As a teenager, I knew a girl who was severely injured when a Six Flags roller coaster went off the tracks and plunged all the riders onto the ground below. My teenage friend suffered head injuries and massive damage to both legs, and to this day she walks with the help of a cane. My heart goes out to Ferguson family. What a horrific ordeal for his family and friends to go through.