Six Flags Magic Mountain: 8-year-old Riverside girl injured on roller coaster by stealing cell phone, family say

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A day of thrill rides at California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain was in the Evans family’s plans for the Fourth of July weekend — until things took a turn for the worse.

“We were 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 kick off the roller coaster day.

The plan was to end the day watching the fireworks, but seconds into the ride everything changed.

“We enjoyed the ride, it’s our favorite ride, and then she started screaming about her eye pain, and I thought maybe something flew into her eyes like a piece of dirt” , White said.

Evie had been struck by a flying cell phone that the family said another runner had in his hand.

The force of the roller coaster twists released the phone, hitting Evie on the forehead between her eyes.

“She hid her face for a minute and I said, ‘Let me see,’ but that was hard to do on the roller coaster, and as soon as she moved her hand, she was just covered in blood. “, said White.

When the ride finally came to an end, White said she called park workers for help, but it was another rider with baby wipes who helped until paramedics arrived to bandage his daughter’s wound.

“I was surprised that someone had a cell phone in their hand during the ride,” 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 following the incident.

“He was looking for his phone talking to the workers, then he came, he saw my little cousin covering her face and he said, ‘Stop panicking. It’s okay’, then he left and moved away,” said Eden Evans.

As a result, Evie 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,” Josh Evans said. “If you hurt someone and you leave the scene, it’s the same for me.”

Josh Evans said he returned to the park later that day and asked for the incident report his wife had signed earlier, but was told it was for internal use only.

He also said park security refused to provide information about the man allegedly responsible.

A spokesperson for Six Flags Magic Mountain issued the following statement to our sister station KABC-TV:

“Our ride safety policy strictly prohibits all loose items on rides. Safety is a partnership between our guests and the park, and guests must follow all written and verbal instructions for safe riding. Our team Park Security has already responded to this customer’s request for information.”

The Evans family said that despite being season ticket holders, they would not be returning to the theme park anytime soon, claiming Evie was now too scared to ride a roller coaster.

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