According to a recently released
coroner's report, an Ohio
woman who died last month after riding a roller coaster
at a theme park suffered a tear in an artery caused by the ride's force, which led to severe internal bleeding.
Dawn R. Jankovic, 47, was discovered unresponsive on June 4 at Holiday
World Theme Park & Splashin' Safari Water
Park in Santa Claus, Indiana
, when the Voyage coaster returned to its station after the ride ended, and died that evening at a nearby hospital
The coroner's report, which ABC
station WEHT in Indiana published online, listed three causes of death
: "exsanguination" (severe blood loss), "avulsion of the right internal thoracic artery" (a tear in the artery), and "amusement park roller coaster."
The Voyage, a wooden coaster that has been in operation since 2006, has a top speed of 67 mph and several drops, the highest of which is 154 feet, according to Coaster Grotto, and is one of five coasters at Holiday World.
According to Dubois County Coroner Katie Schuck, the tear was caused by the force of the roller coaster, but the ride did not malfunction.
“It had nothing to do with the ride itself, but it was basically just the force,” Schuck told the newspaper, explaining that it was simply a reaction her body
had to riding the ride.
Schuck ruled that the death was an accident.
“Our hearts continue to go out to Dawn’s family
, and all those who have been impacted by her loss,” the theme park said in a statement obtained by WEHT.
Jankovic's family has created a GoFundMe
page to assist with expenses.