( 4UMF NEWS ) Man Hit And Killed By Roller Coaster:
A Cedar Point guest died after being struck by the Raptor roller coaster around 5 p.m. ET Thursday.
Police say James A. Young had just finished riding the Raptor and jumped over a fence to retrieve something he dropped during the ride. The Erie County coroner says it was his cellphone.
Sandusky police say Young was struck by the ride or someone on it. No one else was hurt. The investigation is being handled by Cedar Point police and the Sandusky Police Department.
Cedar Point, which bills itself as the “roller coaster capital of the world,” operates 17 coasters, from the mild Wilderness Run for children accompanied by an adult to the new Rougarou stand-up coaster. The Raptor is listed as an “aggressive thrill” ride, which has a 54-inch height requirement. The ride lasts 2 minutes and travels up to 57 mph, according to the Cedar Point website.
Cedar Point sits roughly halfway between Toledo to the west and Cleveland to the east.
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