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No charges in Colorado amusement park death of 6-year-old Wongel Estifanos, prosecutor says

A Colorado prosecutor says he cannot prove that any individual is responsible for the 2021 death of a 6-year-old girl who died on an amusement park ride and has decided not to file charges in the case. The Denver Gazette reports that Ninth Judicial District District Attorney Jefferson Cheney said in a Jan. 25 letter he […]

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Family of 6-year-old girl who died on Glenwood Springs amusement park ride files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of Wongel Estifanos, a 6-year-old girl who died on an amusement park ride in Glenwood Springs last month after operators failed to check if her seat belt was fastened, is seeking damages in a wrongful death lawsuit filed Tuesday. Estifanos Dagne and Rahel Estifanos, the girl’s parents, claim their daughter was killed by […]

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Operators failed to check seat belt before 6-year-old died on amusement park ride in Glenwood Springs, report says

Operators of a Glenwood Springs amusement park failed to ensure a 6-year-old girl was wearing her seat belt before she was killed on an attraction that plunges riders more than 100 feet in three seconds, according to a report released Friday. Wongel Estifanos, who was visiting Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with her family earlier this […]

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6-year-old girl who died on amusement park ride in Glenwood Springs is identified

The Garfield County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday identified the 6-year-old girl who died at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park as Wongel Estifanos. Wongel died Sunday after “an incident” while she was on the Haunted Mine Drop ride, according to the coroner’s office and the park. The forensic pathologist identified multiple blunt force injuries, according to the […]

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be closed for two days after “incident” on ride leaves 6-year-old dead

The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs will be closed on Monday and Tuesday after an “incident” on a ride Sunday evening left a 6-year-old Colorado Springs girl dead. The park said in a news release that an investigation into what happened is ongoing. “We are deeply saddened and ask that you please keep […]

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Glenwood Springs is spending $1.2M in tax money on a public affairs campaign to fight a mine above town

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — This riverside city spends tax dollars on police and emergency medical services. The city directs tax revenue toward wildfire mitigation efforts on its borders. It’s spending more this winter on snow removal so fire trucks and ambulances can more easily navigate narrow streets.  And now it’s paying for a public affairs campaign […]