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04 April 2011 :: 13:04:34 pm 52482

3-year-old Boy Died Falling From Roller Coaster

NORRIDGE, Illinois – a 3-year-old boy fell from a children’s roller coaster at Go Bananas, 4156 N. Harlem Ave., Norridge on Saturday night.
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The boy was seated near the front the Python Pit roller coaster with his twin brother when he managed to get underneath the safety bar. The boy slipped out of the ride while it was in motion. He then fell between two cars and suffered head injuries before dropping a few feet to the floor. He was dead on the scene.

The boy was identified by authorities as Jayson Dansby, of the 15300 block of Evers Street in Dolton.

An autopsy conducted today found that Jayson died of multiple injuries due to being struck by a roller coaster car and falling from the ride. His death was ruled an accident, said a spokesman for the Cook Country medical exmainer’s office.

Jayson’s great-uncle Rev. Carl Jones remembered his great-nephew as “a fun child. … That child had more spirit and joy than anything in the world,”
“I want to remember the joyous times, the love times, not the incident that took place. I need to remember what time I spent with this child”, he added.
Police Chief James Jobe said the boy met all the requirements for the ride, although there were no height requirements posted near the ride.

The ride is in an area separate from the rest of the attractions and its tracks pass through a darkened, enclosed section. The boy fell as the cars passed through that part of the ride, the chief explained.

The incident appears to be “just a tragic accident,” Jobe said.

The owner of the amusement park, Jerrold Marks said he opened Go Bannas about six years ago.

“I just want to say how tragic this is and how bad I feel for the family. We’re going to 100-percent cooperate with all the various authorities in the investigation.” Mark added.

He declined to make further comment.

Jones, the boy’s great-uncle said the family was at Go Bananas for a “night out”.

“They were celebrating life,” Jones said. “It was just a day out with the kids.”

Jones declined to speak about the incident, saying it wasn’t the appropriate time.

A neighbor said she often saw Jayson playing with his brother on their family’s front lawn and described the boy as a “very nice, friendly child.”

“I called him ‘Mr. Jolly.’ I’m going to miss him. He was like a part of my family.” said Trina Young, 43.

The Illinois Department of Labor, which regulates carnival and amusement park rides, dispatched an investigator to Go Bananas immediately after the incident, said Anjali Julka, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Julka said that generally the agency’s inspectors look at whether or not a ride meets state and manufacturer safety criteria. The agency also inspects if the ride was operating properly as recommended as well as ensuring that the operator met all requirement.

She declined to speak specifically about the current investigation.

According to the department Web site, the Python Pit is among six rides registered with the agency. Proprietors are required every year to request an operating permit, which is issued after an inspection, Julka said.

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