A teenage girl was killed while another was wounded after they were hurled from a ride at the church carnival in El Paso, Texas.
The girls – the 16-year-old who died and the 15-year-old who was injured – were at the carnival in celebration of the annual Dia de los Ninos holiday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church when they were ejected from the ride “Sizzler.”
While the 16-year-old, identified as Samantha Aguilar, struck a metal barricade and died a short while after, the 15-year-old teenager was transported to the University Medical Center where she remains with injuries that are not life-threatening, WHNT reports. A third girl was uninjured as she was able to hold on to the metal bars of the ride.
At the time of the accident, the three girls – who attended the same school – were the only ones on the ride.
China Arevalo, who was selling snacks at a booth at the time of the accident, heard that there had been an accident that involved someone falling from a ride. “There was a girl on the ground, and they were doing CPR to revive her,” she said. She added that there was a lot of blood from the injury to the girl’s head.
The cause of the incident is under investigation. Police Spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said, “There’s inspections that are required. Whether or not this vendor is up to par with that, it hasn’t been determined.”
Joe Edwards, business owner, said that neither did the ride belong to his company nor that it had seats or lap bars that weren’t working properly, as reported by People. He added that his company is “heartbroken” over the loss.
Father Ed Roden-Lucero said he was “shocked, saddened and broken-hearted” for the family of the deceased. “Our Día del Niño Fiesta was meant to celebrate God’s blessing of family life and the great gift of children,” he said.
“The loss of her life in this accident on our parish grounds is incomprehensible to my parishioners and me. We pray that the Risen Lord give her eternal rest, and give consolation to her family and friends. We are all just profoundly sorry.”