Woman dies in fall at San Bernardino County fair attraction

May 29, 2015 2:36 PM by News Staff, Photo Courtesy: Lyle Bell/ CBS Los Angeles

A Navy veteran died Friday after falling 36 feet off a new attraction at the San Bernardino County Fair, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Sabrina Gordon, of Hesperia, fell Thursday night from the FreeDrop USA at the fairgrounds on 7th Street near Desert Knoll Drive in Victorville.

Witnesses told the Victor Valley News that the woman in her 30s went to jump and then hesitated.

She grabbed the sidebar and an employee reached to pull her in, but Gordon let go and plunged to the ground.

She was taken to a local hospital where she died around midnight, according to her father Lyle Bell.

"Safety is our top priority; the ride will be closed pending a thorough investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department," San Bernardino County Fair CEO/ General Manager Geoff Hinds said.

Bell said he is heartbroken and plans to take legal action.

FreeDrop USA is a non-mechanical attraction where participants jump from the top of a scaffolding-type structure on to a large air pillow. It is similar to a bungee jump without a cord, harness or wires.

FD Event Co. LLC owns and operates the ride, which made its California debut at the event.

"We have had over 50,000 successful jumps across multiple states during a recent 36 city tour. We are proud of our safety record and conduct thorough safety training with each of our employees as well as every participant," the company's owner Aspen Decker said.

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