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Six Flags Magic Mountain: 8-year-old Riverside girl injured on rollercoaster by flying cellphone, family says

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A day of thrill rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California was in the plans for the Evans family for the Fourth of July weekend – until things took a turn for the worst.

“We were all looking forward to it. We got there early because we knew it was the Fourth of July weekend,” Della White recalled.

White said she and her 8-year-old daughter, Evie, boarded the Twisted Colossus to start the roller coaster day.

The plan was to end the day watching the fireworks, but seconds into the ride, everything changed.

“We were enjoying the ride, that’s our favorite ride, and then she started screaming that her eye hurt and I thought maybe something flew into her eye like a piece of dirt,” White said.

Evie was hit by a flying cellphone that the family said another rider had in his hand.

The force of the roller coaster’s spins released the phone, striking Evie in the forehead between her eyes.

“She hid her face for a minute and I said, ‘Let me see,’ but it was hard to do on the roller coaster, and as soon as she moved her hand, she was covered in blood,” White said.

When the ride finally ended, White said she called park employees for help, but it was a fellow rider in baby wipes who helped until EMTs arrived to treat her daughter’s wound.

“I was amazed that someone would have a cell phone in their hand on the walk,” said Josh Evans, Evie’s father.

Evans’ 13-year-old daughter, Eden, said the person responsible for injuring her sister showed little remorse or concern after the incident.

“He was looking for his phone talking to the workers and then he came over, saw my little cousin covering her face and said ‘Stop freaking out. It’s no big deal” and then he’s gone and gone.” Eden Evans said.

As a result, Evie went to hospital where she received a CT scan and 10 stitches to close the wound.

“I think it’s similar to a hit and run with a vehicle,” Josh Evans said. “If you injure someone and leave the scene, it’s the same for me.”

Josh Evans said he returned to the park later in the day and asked for the incident report his wife had signed earlier, but was told it was for internal use only.

He also said park security refused to hand over information about the man allegedly responsible.

A spokesperson for Six Flags Magic Mountain released the following statement to our sister station KABC-TV:

“Our ride safety policy strictly prohibits all loose articles on rides. Safety is a partnership between our guests and the park and guests must follow all written and verbal instructions for safe riding. The team park security has already responded to this visitor’s request for information.”

The Evans family said despite being season pass holders, they won’t be returning to the theme park anytime soon, saying Evie is now too scared to ride the roller coaster.

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