The owner of a French amusement park has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a woman was killed on a rollercoaster ride over the weekend.
Gilles Campion, the owner of the Saint-Paul fair in Beauvais, northern France, has been investigated on charges of involuntary murder as a result of security breaches, prosecutors said.
Being charged in France does not necessarily lead to a trial.
Elodie Duval, 32, fell from the chair in which she was trapped next to her husband on the ‘Formula 1’ rollercoaster ride that also takes children on Saturday afternoon.
Gilles Campion (pictured), owner of the Saint-Paul fairground in Beauvais, Northern France, has been charged with involuntary murder after 32-year-old Elodie Duval fell through a rollercoaster ride for her family over the weekend
Ms. Duval fell from the chair she was stuck on next to her husband on the ‘Formula 1’ rollercoaster ride that also takes children on Saturday afternoon
Her death came 11 years after a 35-year-old woman lost her life on the same ride. In that case, no one was charged.
After the fall on Saturday, rescue workers were unable to bring Mrs. Duval back to life. She celebrated her son’s second birthday.
Campion said after Saturday’s incident that the required annual inspection was conducted last November.
Beauvais Prosecutor Florent Boura told the Parisien newspaper that the new seat belts fitted to the ride after the 2009 accident were still in use when the inspection was conducted.
They have since been replaced, forcing park management to report the change and request a new inspection.
Campion said on Thursday that he looks forward to providing input for the investigation and wishing the ride would be cut off.
Mrs. Duval, who was at the Parc Saint-Paul theme park near Beauvais for her son Allen’s second birthday, slipped over the ride’s safety bar (File image of the ride)
Ms. Duval fell after slipping over the safety bar of the Formula 1 race
Her husband Michael tried desperately to grab her foot, but could not stop her from falling, witnesses say.
She was accompanied by her sister Laurianne, her husband Michael, her mother and her son Allen.
Laurianne told Mirror Online that Allen had been told that his mother had “gone to heaven.”
The woman’s husband was trying desperately to grab her foot after slipping over the safety bar during the Formula 1 race (file image)
“We explained to him that his mother had gone to heaven. He doesn’t understand, “she said.
((Elodie) was a wonderful person who brought a lot of love to her family. She was full of life. She was a fighter. Her son was her life. ‘
She added that the family, from Verneuil-sur-Avre in Normandy, “was devastated after the loss of such a beautiful angel.”
The Saturday incident happened at around 1:45 p.m. local time and was attended by parents and children, who were devastated.
An onlooker present at the time of Elodie’s death said, “My kids wanted to get in the carousel and we heard screams, then I saw the lady, who was strong, fall.
“She walked across the bar and her husband tried to catch her by the foot.”
Ms. Duval is said to have first visited the park (stock image, photo) to celebrate the birthday of her two-year-old son
Another spectator added, “We have seen children see or cry sick. Some were at the top when the carousel stopped. ‘
A witness paid tribute to Elodie on Facebook after the tragic incident. “It is with great sadness that I just heard about Elodie’s death in a terrible carousel accident,” they wrote.
“Our thoughts are with Michael, her companion and little Allen their child, Laurianne her sister, their whole family and the medieval festival team in Verneuil-sur-Avre.
“Have a nice journey, my beauty, may the angels watch over you.”
In 2009, a 35-year-old woman was killed in the same ride due to her own “inappropriate behavior” and the park was not held responsible, local media reports.
The park’s manager, Gilles Campion, was sentenced to pay damages and was sentenced to four months in prison for two other incidents.
In 2005, the Nacelle roller coaster broke loose. Four people were seriously injured after striking a metal pole, Le Parisien reports.
In a similar incident, 11 people were injured a month earlier.