Parents of Six-Year-Old Girl Killed at Colorado Amusement Park File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Wongel Estifanos of Colorado Springs, Colo., died from her injuries on Sept. 5, 2021, after investigators said she fell 110 feet. She was visiting the amusement park during Labor Day weekend while on vacation with her family. (Dagne Estifanos/Estifanos Family)

The parents of the 6-year-old Colorado girl who fell to her death at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs in September have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the amusement park.

In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by NPR, the family of 6-year-old Wongel Estifanos alleges there were at least two prior incidents at the amusement park where the ride operators failed to properly secure passengers on the Haunted Mine Drop: one in July 2018 and another in August 2019. In both cases, operators were alerted by passengers and returned to buckle the belts.

The suit says the park owners didn’t inform the family about the previous incidents but they found out from news reports.