16-Year Old Girl Killed in Carnival Ride Accident at East El Paso Church
Update 4/30/16: Newschannel 9 has identified the 16-year old as Samantha Aguilar. Aguilar was a junior at Hanks High School.
A 16-year old girl is dead after being ejected from a carnival ride Friday night at an East El Paso Church.
The incident happened during a Dia De Los Niños celebration at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 10900 Bywood Drive.
According to The El Paso Times, the 16-year-old and two other teenage girls were riding the "Sizzler" when two of the three were thrown from the ride.
Newschannel9 spoke to a relative of one of the girls. Here's what they report she told them:
"According to the aunt of the girl who was not ejected, the three had told the ride operator that the seat belt wouldn't buckle. According to the aunt, the operator told the girls that they were OK. That women also told NewsChannel 9 that only two people were suppose to be inside the ride at a time. She says her niece was holding on to the seat belt for her life."
Elizabeth O'Hara, Spokesperson for the El Paso Catholic Diocese, told CBS4 the teenager who died hit her head on a metal barricade. The other girl who was ejected was taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The third was not harmed.
The El Paso Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit will continue its investigation today.