COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.-A Naples woman is breaking her silence about a terrifying fair accident that nearly cost her her life. It happened three years ago at the Collier County Fair. The same company in charge of the ride she was on is now under investigation after a worker was seriously injured at the Lee County Fair.
In February of 2009, Cecilia Amador, her sister and friends went to the Collier County Fair. Before heading home, they went on one last ride: the Avalanche. A ride they'll never forget.
"We started going on and it didn't feel right. My harness came open and I was holding it down and I couldn't hold it any longer because of gravity," said Amador, who suffered serious injuries after falling 30 feet.
In shock, Amador says, she let go.
"I grabbed my sister, but if I held onto her, she would come off too," said Amador.
Amador says she passed out as she fell to the ground.
"I woke up with everyone around and I couldn't feel my feet. I couldn't talk. I couldn't breathe," explained Amador.
She broke 5 ribs, punctured a lung, and developed a blood clot.
"The lung healed, my ribs will never heal,and my bottom will always have a scar," said Amador.
The Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection tells WINK News the company that was in charge of that ride was Reithoffer Shows. It was the same company running the rides at the Lee County Fair this past weekend, where a worker was seriously injured tearing down one of the rides.
In Amador's case, Reithoffer Shows has not been found negligent by the Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection. However, she still has pending litigation against the company. OSHA is still investigating the incident at the Lee County Fair.