Police identify girl killed in ejection from carnival ride

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A teenage girl who was killed when she was ejected from a whirling ride at an El Paso church carnival has been identified by police.

El Paso police on Monday identified the 16-year-old girl as Samantha Aguilar. Police say Aguilar and two 17-year-old girls were at a parking lot carnival at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church when they were hurled from a ride called “Sizzler” Friday evening.

Aguilar died later at Del Sol Medical Center. One of the 17-year-olds was taken to a hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. The third teen wasn’t ejected or injured. They weren’t identified.

The cause of the incident hasn’t been determined. Police say that among the things detectives are looking into is whether regulations were met by the ride operator and vendor.

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