• Michelle Hebert

Girl injured on Tallahassee fair ride

14-year-old Lauren Bonney, a freshman at Chiles High School, was injured in an accident on a ride at the North Florida Fair on Saturday Nov. 4, 2017. Bonney’s two main injuries were a broken nose and a five-inch cut across her forehead, multiple local news stations reported.

Bonney was riding “Musik Express” when the incident took place. The ride is similar to a carousel, but the ride spins at a very fast pace, and loud music is played. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Bonney’s mother was on the ride when the incident happened and that she saw her daughter flung from her seat; the mother tried to yell to get the ride operators attention, but the music being played was too loud. Bonney told her mother “her feet started to slip out of the car, and she just couldn’t hold on.”

The ride stopped, and Bonney was found to be unconscious and not moving. Police arrived at the scene, and Bonney was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, her injuries were confirmed, and tests were done to rule out any other injuries Bonney could have received.

Mark Harvey, the manager of the North Florida Fairgrounds, said the ride was shut down for the remainder of Saturday. For the ride to be opened again, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services rides inspection unit had to inspect the ride after the incident to make sure it could continue to accommodate riders, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. An investigation is now under way to determine if there will be any charges related to the case.