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Coney Island Cyclone's Speed Injured Rider, Lawsuit Says

By James Fanelli | December 12, 2012 7:13am

CONEY ISLAND — The Cyclone was too fast for this thrill seeker.

An upstate woman claims she was injured on the iconic roller coaster when it flew down a drop at breakneck speed, a new lawsuit charges.

Mirit Rose Jaron, 28, of East Greenbush, N.Y., is suing the city and the boardwalk ride's operators, Central Amusements International, accusing them of allowing the roller coaster to run along its wooden tracks at "a dangerous, excessive and unsafe rate of speed."

Jaron claims she was hurt while on the ride on Sept. 17, 2011. The lawsuit does not specify her injuries but describes them as "serious and permanent."

The lawsuit says the city — which owns the Cyclone — routinely inspects the 85-year-old seaside landmark at Luna Park. It adds that the city and operators should have slowed the roller coaster's descent on the drops to prevent injuries since they knew riders had previously been hurt.

The lawsuit also claims the operators failed to "safeguard the life and limb of riders" and didn't "have seating in the roller coaster with proper neck and head support."

Jaron's lawyer declined to comment for the story. Central Amusements also declined to comment.

The city Law Department said it is reviewing the lawsuit.