Jury awards $3.6M to woman hurt on ride
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
RAVENNA – A jury has awarded $3.6 million to a Wisconsin woman who was hurt while riding a roller coaster at a northeast Ohio amusement park.
Terry Wang, 44, of the Milwaukee area got a fractured skull and broken nose in July 2000 when she was hit while riding the Villain roller coaster at the former Six Flags Worlds of Adventure in Aurora.
Wang cried Friday following the verdict in Portage County Common Pleas Court and thanked jurors who found Six Flags Inc. negligent.
Wang’s arms were raised and her eyes closed when she was hit by an item as the coaster went down a hill at 60 mph.
Doctors removed a piece of her skull to relieve pressure on the brain and removed bits of bone from the brain.
She has headaches and numbness in her face and needs reconstructive surgery on her forehead.
The award is $1.1 million for her medical and other expenses and $2.5 million in punitive damages.