16-year old girl killed after carnival ride accident in East El Paso

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UPDATE: Authorities have yet to confirm the identity of the 16-year-old girl who was killed at the St. Thomas Aquinas carnival last night, but friends News Channel 9 spoke with on Saturday say the girl who died was Sam Aguilar. Friends say she was a sweet, nice girl who lived life to the fullest. They say she played softball and track at Hanks High School

El Paso Police say one teen is dead following a carnival ride accident at an East El Paso Church. An EPPD spokesperson confirmed that a 16-year old girl was killed in the accident, and another was injured. 

The accident happened Friday evening at a Dia De Los Niños carnival at St. Thomas Aquinas Church located at 10900 Bywood. They say the accident happened on the ride known as the “Sizzler.”

Sgt. Enrique Carillo says the girl was taken to Del Sol Medical Center where she later died. The second teen was taken to University Medical Center with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say three girls were on the ride when two were ejected. According to the aunt of the girl who was not ejected, the three had told the ride operator that the seat belt wouldn’t buckle. According to the aunt, the operator told the girls that they were OK. That women also told NewsChannel 9 that only two people were suppose to be inside the ride at a time. She says her niece was holding on to the seat belt for her life. 

The El Paso Police Department’s Crime Against Persons unit has been called in to the scene. They say this is all still under investigation. 

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