Death at South Jersey Amusement Park
When tragedy happens, what is an appropriate period of mourning? This thought came to me after I heard about the 11 year old girl who fell to her death from the Ferris Wheel at Morey’s Pier in Wildwood NJ.
Abiah Jones fell to her death from what experts are guessing was near the top of the Ferris wheel which is 156 high. The Ferris wheel features gondolas to keep riders inside and safe. The accident is still under investigation on how the 11 year old from Point Pleasant Tech Academy was able to fall from the ride.
While the ride remained closed Friday and into the weekend, the amusement pier remained open, while investigators look into how the tragedy happened.
Initial reports appear to support that it wasn’t a mechanical problem and the ride passed inspection on March 17th. The pier has not had any death since it opened at the shore in 1969.
Even all that being said and even though the ride appears to be safe, was it necessary to open the pier so soon after the death of a child? I understand that its summer and it’s the busy season for the shore. But Wildwood NJ and Morey’s Pier are family destinations. I would have expected them to have more respect for the family of the child, her classmates and all those at the park that witnessed the tragedy.
It’s always a shame when you see business and profits take priority over everything else.