Ride on roller coaster causes injuries

June 9, 2008 at 1:34 PM
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NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- Records indicate Coney Island's famous Cyclone roller coaster was responsible for a number of serious back and neck injuries last summer.

The records show at least seven incidents took place and two lawsuits were filed, The New York Post reported Monday.

The newspaper says the ride's operator, Carole Albert, worked to settle the suits quietly, including one that demanded $1 million.

Denise Robles, 26, of Brooklyn, filed a lawsuit charging she was left "disabled" after being injured on the ride in April 2007.

Last July, California tourist Keith Shirasawa, 53, died of complications during surgery to repair three neck vertebrae he fractured four days earlier while riding the Cyclone.

In addition to the two lawsuits, New York Building Department records show there were four other reported incidents last summer, all involving back injuries.

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