ARLINGTON — An affidavit filed by lawyers representing the family of Rosa Esparza claims a Six Flags employee who checked the 52-year-old woman's restraints the night she was thrown from a coaster was on his fourth day on the job.
"Like any other amusement park patron, Rosa Esparza trusted that Six Flags and its employees would do their jobs," the affidavit read. "That trust was broken when an inexperienced ride attendant — on his fourth day on the job — failed to properly position her lap bar."
According to the affidavit, the employee was the same person who located Esparza's body after she was thrown from her car on July 19, 2013.
Lawyers said another employee, described as "an experienced ride operator," admitted she was concerned Esparza wasn't secured properly before the train took off, which would violate the park's "If-In-Doubt" policy. The affidavit also alleges lawyers representing the park attempted to coach the witness and urged him not to answer questions during a deposition.
"Six Flags is more concerned that its inexperienced ride attendant — who they never reprimanded and have since promoted to operate a different high-risk ride — is emotionally distressed and 'still upset about being shown [scene] photographs,'" the affidavit read.
The affidavit was filed in response to a protective order requested by the park. Lawyers for the park requested photographs taken of Esparza's body not be shown.
Representing the family, Chip Booker requested the park pay $5,000 to the family for the cost of lawyers responding to the protective order.