Bulgarian Student Hit by Roller Coaster Dies in New Jersey Hospital

Society | July 17, 2008, Thursday // 00:00

The Bulgarian university student Stanislav Dragnev who was hit Tuesday by a roller coaster at an amusement park in New Jersey died on Thursday in the Jersey Shore Hospital, the Bulgarian Information Agency BTA reported.

Dragnev, who had a summer job as a broadwalk ride operator in the Casino Pier amusement park, was hit by a coaster car on the back of his head as he was standing up after picking a kid's hat off the ground.

Dragnev was transported by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, and remained on life support for two days.

Later the doctors at the hospital discovered that the student was in a condition of brain death and could not breathe without the life support equipment.

The medical staff explained the situation to his father Nikolay Dragnev, who arrived to the USA as soon as he was informed about the incident with his son.

After an additional consultation with a neurologist, the father gave his agreement for the turning off of Stanislav's life support.

Representatives of the amusement park operator said the local police investigation, which would seek to find out what made Dragnev enter the security zone to pick up the hat, would be completed by the end of the week.

The 21-year-old Bulgarian student arrived in the USA in May on a work and travel visa. Between 7000 and 9000 Bulgarian university students go to America for a summer job under this program each summer.

Stanislav Dragnev was a sophomore at the University for National and World Economy in Sofia. He is from the northern Bulgarian city of Pleven, where he graduated from the English Language High School.

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