Adventureland Employee Dies after Being Hit by Rollercoaster
Tom Durante 09/01/2005 12:45 pm Suffolk County Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating an incident in which an 18-year-old Adventureland employee was killed.
At about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday night, Stephen Gary, a recent graduate of North Babylon High School, was operating the “Lady Bug Coaster” when he was hit. He had suffered internal injuries and was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at about 5 a.m. on Wednesday.
“The Lady Bug Roller Coaster has been at Adventureland for eight years, and approximately 150,000 people ride on it each year,” Adventureland General Manager Paul Gentile said in a statement. “We have never had an incident or problem with this ride.”
Gentile added that Gary was employed by Adventureland for two years and he was fully trained in the operation of this particular ride.
“OSHA is investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened,” says OSHA spokesman John Chavez, “and if any federal safety regulations were violated.”
Dt. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick of the Homicide Squad says there is no indication of foul play and suicide is not a factor. He adds that any park patrons who may have witnessed the incident are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
The ride is currently shut down for safety inspection.