Man Killed by Cedar Point Roller Coaster After He Jumped Fence to Pick Up His Cell Phone: Police

Roller Coaster Kills Visitor at Ohio Park After He Jumps Fence for Cell Phone
Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio
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08/14/2015 AT 10:55 AM EDT

Police say a roller coaster struck and killed a man at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio after he reportedly jumped a fence to pick up his cell phone on Thursday.

James A. Young, 45, had been at the park with friends and had just finished riding the Raptor about 5 p.m. on Thursday, when he hopped a fence to pick up the cell phone he'd dropped, the Associated Press reports.

It's believed Young was either struck by the ride, estimated to be going 57 mph, or by someone riding it. No one else was hurt.

In a Tweet, the park confirmed the death, noting that "at 5 p.m. a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of Raptor and was struck by the ride. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."



Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, Ohio, is the second-oldest amusement park in the United States and one of the biggest in the Midwest.

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