A 31-year-old Hesperia woman died Friday after falling from a platform on the San Bernardino County Fair’s new “FreeDrop USA” attraction, officials said.
Sabrina Gordon was on the attraction’s middle platform Thursday just after 8 p.m. when the incident occurred, according to the Victorville Police Department.
Video of FreeFall USA appeared to show three platforms jumpers could leap from.
Gordon was some 36 feet in the air when she was set to jump, then appeared to change her mind and fell, Victor Valley News reported.
The newspaper reported an employee attempted to grab the woman, but she fell, landing on the front side of her body.
Gordon was airlifted to a county hospital where she was pronounced dead around 12:20 a.m. Friday, according to police. An autopsy was expected to determine the cause of death.
Fair managers issued a statement Friday offering their condolences on the “heart wrenching tragedy.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family,” Board of Directors President Paul Russ said.
According to the statement, the attraction will not reopen, and the “San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a thorough investigation.”
Video showed participants jumping from a platform and landing on what appeared to be a large blow-up mattress.
Anyone with information about the fatal incident was asked to contact investigators at 760-241-2911.
KTLA’s Crystal Garcia contributed to this report.