SANDUSKY, OH (WOIO) - The Raptor roller coaster reopened Friday after a complete inspection deemed it safe less than 24-hours after a man was hit and killed by the Cedar Point coaster.
Sandusky Police say 45-year-old James A. Young, II of East Canton was riding the Raptor roller coaster Thursday when he lost some personal items during the ride.
After getting off, police say Young jumped a fence into a restricted area and tried to retrieve his items.
That's when he was struck by the Raptor train. The incident happened around 5 p.m.
Park safety officials responded immediately to the situation, but Young died from his injuries. No one else was hurt.
Gabbi Giffin and Shane Edicott were on the Raptor when Young was hit.
Shane says he and his girlfriend saw the gruesome scene 20 seconds into the ride.
"We saw the man lying face down in a pool full of blood," said Shane. "I was trembling and she started freaking out."
"They weren't letting us off and we didn't know why," Giffin said.
Giffin said she was seated in the row of the roller coaster behind the part that struck Young.
"It was going really fast and that guy, he got knocked out. And his skull got cracked and he was down there for at least 20 minutes, a half hour," she said.
Other riders were stunned to hear he resorted to entering such a dangerous area.
"Say something to someone just don't hop over the fence," said someone visiting the park.
At more than four feet tall, the two-minute long steel floorless coaster reaches speeds of 57 miles per hour and turns riders upside down six different times, according to Cedar Point.
Young was a teacher in the Louisville City School district.
Police and park officials extend their thoughts and prayers to Young's family.
Authorities interviewed a number of witnesses after the incident. However, if you can help in this investigation, you're asked to call Sandusky Police at (419) 627-5877.