Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    112

    Kings Island - Rider Dies After Taking Spin on Firehawk

    Firehawk Reopens At Kings Island After Rider Dies - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati

    MASON, Ohio -- A Toledo man is dead after riding the Firehawk roller coaster at the Kings Island theme park.

    Public relations manager Don Helbig said that at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ride operators noticed that Homer Shields III appeared to be having breathing trouble after the coaster came back into its station.


    Homer Shields III

    Park medics were called, and Shields was taken to Bethesda North Hospital.

    Helbig said he was informed that Shields passed away Saturday evening. He said the park sent its condolences to the victim's family.

    The park said it has no reason to believe the man's death was caused by his ride on the Firehawk and that the coaster was operating normally.

    Riders who sat next to Shields told News 5's Laura Borchers that something was clearly wrong with the man midway through the ride.

    "When we looked, it was awful. His blood was all over his face. His eyes were halfway closed and were rolled back. You could see them a little bit, and we stayed back. We tried to stay as long as we could. We wanted to know what was going on. It freaked us out a little bit," rider Rachael Sims said.

    Inspection Complete


    Helbig said the park voluntarily shut down the ride and notified the state of Ohio.

    State inspectors said the roller coaster performed normally during a thorough inspection on Sunday. As a result, the ride reopened at noon.

    The Firehawk was first opened in February 2007. The park's Web site said the Firehawk travels at 51 mph along 3,340 feet of track and has five inversions. It is the second roller coaster to be closed at the park.

    In June, the Son of Beast was shut down after a woman complained it caused a blood vessel to burst in her head. The state found no irregularities after it inspected that roller coaster.

  2. #2

    • Senior Minion
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    9,060

    Re: Kings Island - Rider Dies After Taking Spin on Firehawk

    Some people said he had a heart attack while riding, other say that's not true. Our local news hasn't said much other than what was posted above, but i'll keep an ear out.
    Press today is so concerned with cool vs. not cool that they're starting to forget good vs. bad. I'm not sure I'll ever be "cool", but I will always tirelessly strive to be "great". - Josh Groban

  3. #3

    • Waiting for my E-Ticket
    • Offline

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Hanging out at The Attic with Johnny Dakota
    Posts
    19,844

    Re: Kings Island - Rider Dies After Taking Spin on Firehawk

    I bet you dollars to donuts he had a pre-existing condition.

  4. #4

    • Senior Minion
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    9,060

    Re: Kings Island - Rider Dies After Taking Spin on Firehawk

    ^almost always is, which is why the ride is up and running again. They deemed it was safe, but will keep you posted when that turns out to be true.
    Press today is so concerned with cool vs. not cool that they're starting to forget good vs. bad. I'm not sure I'll ever be "cool", but I will always tirelessly strive to be "great". - Josh Groban

Similar Threads

  1. [Trip Report] Kings Island and the Brady Kids.
    By Monkey joe in forum Other Destinations
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 09-08-2008, 12:31 PM
  2. Kings Island 2009: Diamondback
    By MJHammer1 in forum Other Destinations
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-12-2008, 06:45 PM
  3. Many Rides Get New Name, Updates At Kings Island
    By Joshrzmeup in forum Other Destinations
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 02-16-2008, 07:35 AM
  4. Trains at Kings Island
    By MickeyMoose in forum Other Destinations
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-30-2007, 10:22 AM
  5. Kings Island Opening Day 2007
    By Monkey joe in forum Other Destinations
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 07-06-2007, 05:34 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •