A 10-year-old girl who died one day after she collapsed at Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park in Southern California died of natural causes, according to the coroner's office.
The girl was airlifted Friday afternoon from the amusement park in Valencia, California, and died Saturday. The Ventura County girl, Jasmine Martinez, had just exited the Revolution ride and returned to the ride station when she collapsed.
She was described as breathing, but unconscious, when she was airlifted and later died at a hospital.
Jasmine was a fourth-grade student at Somis Elementary School. The family of five left its hometown about 55 miles northwest of Los Angeles for the northern Los Angeles County theme park early Friday as part of an eight-grade graduation celebration.
"We are a small community school where everyone knows each other and we are all saddened beyond words to have lost Jasmine, a beautiful little girl who was kind, intelligent and loved to draw," said Colleen Robertson, of the Somis Union School District. "She was in a class of 15 boys and 4 girls, but was always able to hold her own whether it was a kickball game or the lead in the classroom play."
The family elected not to have an autopsy, due to religious beliefs, according to the coroner's office. They released the following statement Tuesday evening: "The Martinez family wishes to thank our local community, family, friends and also supporters from around the state of California and the U.S. who have read about Jasmine's sad story and offered prayers, well-wishes and donations to the Jasmine Martinez Memorial Fund. Jasmine lives on in our hearts, which are heavy today, but we will always remember her and honor those blessed memories of our sweet little girl who left us so suddenly and much too soon."
The ride was temporarily closed, but reopened Monday night, according to Magic Mountain. There was no evidence to suggest "this was in any way ride related," according to Magic Mountain. It was not immediately determined whether the girl suffered from a pre-existing condition.
"We were deeply saddened to learn that Jasmine Martinez, who was transported to the hospital after riding Revolution on June 12 has died, " a Magic Mountain spokeswoman said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jasmine’s family and friends during this difficult time."
Revolution is a roller coaster that features a 90-foot tall vertical loop. The ride reaches speeds up to 55 mph.
More than 45 million visitors have "safely ridden" Revolution since it opened in 1976, according to a spokeswoman for Magic Mountain.