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Six Flags Denies Liability In Death Of Rider On Roller Coaster

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The world's tallest at a height of 456 feet, and America’s fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka launches at 128 miles per hour. Riders fall at a 90-degree right angle after reaching the peak. Named after the Bengal tiger that lives next to the ride, Kingda Ka is less than a minute long, but it promises to be one of the scariest of your life! (Photo credit STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The world’s tallest at a height of 456 feet, and America’s fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka launches at 128 miles per hour. Riders fall at a 90-degree right angle after reaching the peak. Named after the Bengal tiger that lives next to the ride, Kingda Ka is less than a minute long, but it promises to be one of the scariest of your life! (Photo credit STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) — Court documents indicate Six Flags denies any liability in the death of a rider on one of its roller coasters in part because it was not the manufacturer or designer.

Six Flags filed its response Oct. 4 in district court in Tarrant County to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Rosa Esparza. Esparza fell 75 feet to her death while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster in July at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The ride reopened in September.

The company said it followed maintenance and inspection procedures recommended by manufacturer Gerstlauer Amusement Rides. It also pointed out that about 2.5 million people had been on the roller coaster before the incident.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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