The famous Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster in New York is not only terrifying, it’s dangerous.
According to records, at least seven incidents of serious personal injuries of the neck and back being sustained by riders occurred last summer.
At least two lawsuits have been filed as a result of the injuries, including one that demanded $1 million. However, sources say the operator of the ride, Carole Albert, has quietly been working to settle the suits, insisting on ironclad confidentiality agreements.
In the discussions of the suits, attorneys for Astroland Inc., Albert’s company, admit that the problems occurred due to the ride making its first 85-foot drop with too much speed, according to sources.
According to Astroland, the operator of the ride under a city lease for the past three decades, says the problem has since been fixed.
In one suit, 26-year-old Brooklyn, New York resident Denise Robles alleges that the personal injuries she sustained on the ride on April 22, 2007 left her disabled.
Another incident resulted in 53-year-old California tourist Keith Shirasawa fracturing three neck vertebrae on the ride on July 31. He died four days later from complications during surgery, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.