Cellphones and rollercoasters don't mix.

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

August 17, 2015

1 Min Read
Raptor Rollercoaster Disconnects Phone... & Owner

A little cautionary tale to start the week: Don't try to retrieve your mobile phone if you drop it under a rollercoaster -- it could cost you your life.

That was unfortunate fate of James Young, 45, who was hit by the Raptor rollercoaster in the Cedar Point park in Ohio as he tried to retrieve his phone from a "restricted area," the Sandusky Register reports. Young had just finished riding the Raptor and jumped a fence to fetch his cellphone but was fatally struck by one of the rollercoaster's cars.

The Raptor, which was built in 1994, stands at 137 feet high at its tallest point and travels at up to 57mph. It flips riders upside down six times during the ride.

Here's what a ride on the Raptor looks like from the front seat:

As you can see, it doesn't seem very likely that a cellphone would survive the fall anyway.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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