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Six Flags Reaches Settlement Over Texas Giant Deadly Fall

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM)  - Six Flags Over Texas has reached a settlement with the family of Rosy Esparza. The 54-year-old grandmother was thrown from the Texas Giant roller coaster and killed on July 19, 2013. A coroner later determined Esparza was ejected from her seat and plummeted some 75 feet before striking a metal beam.

A statement sent out by Six Flags said the theme park, the Esparza family, and the manufacturer of the Texas Giant's trains, Gerstlauer, have settled claims related to Esparza's death. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Park president Steve Martindale said, "Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers will forever be with the Esparza family."

It was during Esparza's first visit to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington that she rode The Texas Giant, the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world. The woman was seated next to her young son when she somehow fell from the ride.

According to witnesses, before the fall Esparza had expressed concern about her lap bar not being secure.

Frank Branson and Garret Chambers, attorneys representing the family said, ""The Esparza family is very pleased with the settlement and appreciates the condolences offered by Six Flags and Gerstlauer."

The Texas Giant was closed as officials investigated Esparza's death. The park remained open.

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