Teen ‘chokes to death on vomit’ while on fairground ride parents say operators refused to stop


Woman, 19, ‘chokes to death on her vomit’ while riding ‘Kamikaze’ fairground ride: Turkish amusement park operators ‘refused to stop when parents saw she was in distress’

  • Zeynep Gunay visited Hayrola Luna Park in Istanbul with her family on Monday
  • While on the Kamikaze ride, she fell unconscious and choked on her own vomit
  • Family claim operators repeatedly ignored their pleas to stop the ride and told relatives to give Gurnay ‘two or three slaps’ after she was removed unconscious
  • Gunay, who wanted to be a psychologist, was pronounced dead in hospital
  • After her death, it emerged she had achieved grades to get onto dream course


Teenager Zeynep Gunay has died after choking on her own vomit on an Turkish amusement park ride called the Kamikaze

A teenager has died after choking on her own vomit on a Turkish amusement park ride called the Kamikaze.

The family of Zeynep Gunay, 19, claim that operators ignored their pleas for the ride to be stopped after they noticed she was in distress on Monday.

The incident happened between 14:00 and 15:00 local time at Hayrola Luna Park Istanbul’s Avcilar district. 

Gunay, who dreamed of becoming a psychologist, went to the park to relax as she awaited her exam results.

A final photo from CCTV footage shows the teenager, wearing a white mask, grey hijab and a light jacket with a pattern on it, seated on the ride waiting for it to begin.

Gunay reportedly fell unconscious on the ride and vomited.

Her parents claim they repeatedly asked operators to stop the ride but were ignored.

They also allege that, when the ride was eventually stopped and she was removed unconscious, operators advised Gunay be ‘slapped two or three times’ to help her wake up.

A final photo from CCTV footage shows Gunay (right), wearing a white mask, grey hijab and a light jacket with a pattern on it, seated on the ride waiting for it to begin

A final photo from CCTV footage shows Gunay (right), wearing a white mask, grey hijab and a light jacket with a pattern on it, seated on the ride waiting for it to begin

According to Fatih Gunay, an uncle, the young woman’s family were forced to call an ambulance themselves as park employees did not take the situation seriously enough to call one.  

Gunay was taken to hospital, where she was declared dead. She has since been buried in Beylikduzu, an Istanbul suburb.

Faith believes his niece died as a result of negligence and said the family would do ‘whatever it takes’ to get justice.  

Gunay's parents claim they repeatedly asked operators to stop the Kamikaze ride (pictured) but were ignored

Gunay’s parents claim they repeatedly asked operators to stop the Kamikaze ride (pictured) but were ignored

The young woman's parents also allege that, when the ride (pictured) was eventually stopped and she was removed unconscious, operators advised Gunay be 'slapped two or three times' to help her wake up

The young woman’s parents also allege that, when the ride (pictured) was eventually stopped and she was removed unconscious, operators advised Gunay be ‘slapped two or three times’ to help her wake up

After Gunay’s death, it was revealed that she had secured the results she needed to get into her desired university course, Haberler reported.

It is not clear whether a formal complaint has yet been launched with authorities, or whether Gunay’s family’s claims are being investigated by police. 

Hayrola Luna Park did not immediately respond to a MailOnline request for comment. 

A statement from the park, written in Turkish, appeared in local media in a form which could not be electronically translated.

Gunay dreamed of becoming a psychologist and after her death it was reportedly revealed that she had secured the exam results she needed to get into her desired course

Gunay dreamed of becoming a psychologist and after her death it was reportedly revealed that she had secured the exam results she needed to get into her desired course

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