“We’re all looking forward to it. We got there early because we knew it was the 4th of July weekend,” Della White recalled.
White said she and her 8-year-old daughter Evie boarded the Twisted Colossus to start the day of rollercoaster riding.
The plan was to end the day with the fireworks, but seconds into the ride everything changed.
“We were enjoying the ride, it’s our favorite ride, and then she started screaming because her eye was hurting and I thought maybe something like a piece of dirt flew in her eye,” White said.
Evie had been hit by a flying mobile phone, the family said, while another driver was holding it.
The force of the roller coaster’s twists and turns freed the phone and hit Evie in the forehead between her eyes.
“She hid her face for a minute and I was like, ‘Let me see,’ but it was hard on the roller coaster and as soon as she moved her hand it was just covered in blood,” White said.
When the ride finally came to an end, White said she called park staff for help, but it was a passenger with baby wipes who helped until emergency workers arrived to bandage her daughter’s wound.
“I was surprised anyone had a cell phone out while driving,” said Josh Evans, Evie’s father.
Evans’ 13-year-old daughter, Eden, said the person responsible for her sister’s injury showed little remorse or concern after the incident.
“He was looking for his phone to talk to the workers and then he came over and saw my little cousin covering her face and said, ‘Stop freaking out. It’s no big deal,’ and then he left and walked away,” said Eden Evans.
Evie then went to the hospital where she received a CT scan and 10 stitches to close the wound.
“I think it’s similar to a hit-and-run with a vehicle,” said Josh Evans. “If you hurt someone and you leave the scene, it’s the same to me.”
Josh Evans said he returned to the park later in the day and asked for the incident report, which his wife had earlier signed, but was told it was for internal use only.
He also said park security has refused to release information on the man allegedly responsible.
In response to Eyewitness News’ inquiry about the incident, a Six Flags Magic Mountain spokesperson issued the following statement:
“Our Ride Safety Policy strictly prohibits any loose items on rides. Safety is a partnership between our guests and the park, and guests are required to follow all written and verbal safe driving instructions. Our park security team has already responded to this guest’s request for information.”
The Evans family said that despite being season pass holders, they won’t be returning to the theme park anytime soon as Evie is now too scared to ride roller coasters.
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