Autopsy Reveals Cause of Death For Woman Who Died After Passing Out on Indiana Roller Coaster

The 47-year-old's death was ruled accidental

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

An autopsy report revealed how an Ohio woman died after she passed out while riding on a roller coaster at a southern Indiana theme park last month.

According to the Dubois County Coroner’s Office, Dawn R. Jankovic suffered exsanguination and avulsion of the right internal thoracic artery, which is severe blood loss and a torn artery in her chest.

The 47-year-old's death was ruled accidental by the coroner's office.

Jankovic, of Brunswick, Ohio, died in early June at a Jasper hospital, said Dubois County Coroner Katie Schuck. Jankovic was found unconscious earlier Friday when The Voyage roller coaster returned to a station at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

Theme park officials wrote in a post on the park’s Facebook page that an inspection of the ride determined that it "operated as it was intended to."

"Earlier this evening, a female Guest returned to the station of The Voyage roller coaster unresponsive," theme park officials wrote on June 4. "Holiday World EMTs arrived three minutes later and immediately began to render first aid. The Guest was transported via ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Indiana."

"A full inspection of the roller coaster has been performed, and it was determined that the ride operated as it was intended to," the post continued. "The ride remained closed for the evening out of respect for the family. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials ask for your thoughts and prayers for the Guest and her family, as well as for Team Members who were onsite."

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