Woman dies after falling from San Bernardino County Fair attraction

Woman dies in free-fall jump at county fair attraction in Victorville

A 31-year-old woman was fatally injured Thursday night after plunging 28 feet from a free-fall attraction at the San Bernardino County Fair.

Sabrina Gordon of Hesperia was at the top of the FreeDrop USA platform, a free-fall ride without any harness or rope, when she suddenly fell to the ground, said Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Participants are supposed to land on a large airbag. County fair organizers said Gordon was planning to jump from the 28-foot platform.

Firefighters and paramedics found Gordon lodged between the attraction’s scaffolding and the airbag at the county fair in Victorville, said Tracey Martinez, a spokeswoman of the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Gordon suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. She later died.

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating Gordon’s death.

Witnesses told Victor Valley News that Gordon was going to jump, but it appeared as though she had a change of heart before she fell.

Meanwhile, the attraction has been closed indefinitely, said Geoff Hinds, the fair’s chief executive and general manager.

Operated by FD Event Co. LLC, the non-mechanical attraction requires participants to jump from the top of a scaffolding-type structure onto the airbag, which rises 13 feet from the ground.

Participants can chose a jumping point from 20, 28 or 36 feet. The attraction made its California debut at the county fair.

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