A 17-year-old Lafayette County high school student Caitlin Williams is dead following a church youth group trip this weekend to Incredible pizza. She died while riding a roller coaster there.
As FOX13's Tom Dees found out, her death has led to concerns by the church over training of the staff at Incredible Pizza.
Riding the “Spinning Coaster” at Incredible Pizza:
One church member who did not want to go on camera at Yellow Leaf Baptist said his main concern was that there was no defibrillator on premises and that it sent didn't seem like the staff were trained in CPR.
FOX13 called Incredible Pizza's owner. He told us they do not have to keep a defibrillator on premises by law, but said his staff was trained in CPR.
Incredible Pizza "Spinning Coaster"
Caitlin Rose Williams died while riding a roller coaster.
A church member administered CPR.
Pastor Shane McGivney said Caitlin died at the end of what was supposed to be a joyous occasion.
"We don't know exactly what happened, but apparently an underlying physical condition manifested itself, and she stopped breathing," McGivney said.
McGivney said church members do not believe Williams death was in any way connected to the roller coaster ride.
"We certainly don't know of any trauma or anything like that. As far as we know, she was not ejected from a ride or anything like that. She simply just, all the sudden slowed down. We don't anticipate anything that we know of, but we're waiting on the medical examiners report," McGivney said
For now, the pastor is trying to minister to the youth that were there.
"Our youth were right there within eyeshot of everything that was going on. It was very traumatic for them, and they are reminded of the brevity of life, how precious life really is, and it gives us an opportunity to love on them," McGivney said
Church members said they do not know that a defibrillator would have saved Caitlin, but they would like to think that one would be on site to help in emergencies in the future.
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