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James A Young II Killed By 'Raptor' Rollercoaster While Trying To Retrieve Mobile Phone

14/08/2015 14:23 BST | Updated 14/08/2015 14:59 BST

A man has been killed by a rollercoaster after jumping over a fence into a restricted area to retrieve his mobile phone.

James A Young II was struck by the 'Raptor' at the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, USA on 13 August.

The ride, described on the companies website as an "aggressive thrill", can reach peaks of up to 57mph.

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James A Young II was killed by the rollercoaster

Emergency crews and park safety teams rushed to the scene but could do nothing to save the 45-year-old.

The theme park released a statement on its Facebook page after the incident, stating: "At approximately 5pm a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of the Raptor rollercoaster and was struck by the ride."

At approximately 5 p.m., a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of the Raptor roller coaster and was struck by the...

Posted by Cedar Point on Thursday, 13 August 2015

They continued: "Park safety officials responded immediately to the situation. Unfortunately the guest has passed away.

"Local authorities are on the scene conducting an investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time."

The park's YouTube channel have a point of view recording of the ride:

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