Dawn Jankovic, 47, died after riding the The Voyage’ ride with her teenage son at the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari park (Picture: Facebook)
A 47-year-old woman who died on a roller coaster suffered a torn artery and internal bleeding from the force of the ride, autopsy results show.
Dawn Jankovic, from Ohio, was found unresponsive after riding ‘The Voyage’ ride with her teenage son at the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari park in Santa Claus, Indiana, on June 4.
She later died in hospital from the internal bleeding, but it’s taken more than a month for officials to determine what exactly caused Jankovic to die so suddenly.
In autopsy report released on Wednesday, Dubois County Coroner Katie Schuck ruled that Jankovic’s death had ‘nothing to do with the ride itself, but it basically was just the force’, reports The Indianapolis Star.
The Voyage ride at the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari park has since re-opened following the tragedy (Picture: Facebook/Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari park)
The coroner listed her cause of death as a combination of severe internal bleeding, the tearing of an artery, and force from the roller coaster.
According to Schuck, the force of the ride apparently caused an avulsion of the right internal thoracic artery, a major vessel that runs vertically through the chest.
Following the tragic incident, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari park closed The Voyage ride ‘out of respect for the family’.
The park, however, has since announced that an inspection of the roller coaster was performed and it was ‘determined that the ride operated as it was intended to’.
The woman’s 17-year-old son, Gunnar Merker, told Fox 8 that Jankovic was a ‘loving mom’ and that she had been her normal self for the whole day before riding the coaster.
Dawn Jankovic, 47, died on June 4 (Picture: Facebook)
‘She loved going to different places, parks, and all that’, he said.
‘She was a hard-working mom… She tried her best to support me in all different ways.’
Gunnar’s father, Gary, told the outlet that the mother and son loved going to amusement parks together.
‘Him and her are both rollercoaster enthusiasts’, he said.
‘They go all over the place to different amusement parks. That was their thing.’
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