However, having ridden the Giant in the past, I know that there's a single lap bar. This is complete speculation, but I feel like if there's a significant difference in the size of the riders in a car, there's a large gap in between the smaller rider and the bar.
Regardless, my thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and friends.
How the coaster turned over if it has no inversions, I can't say.
Someone else said this: "“She goes up like this. Then when it drops to come down, that’s when it (the safety bar) released and she just tumbled,” said Carmen Brown of Arlington. Brown said she was waiting in line to get on the ride when the accident happened."
I don't know how someone waiting in line could see the woman fall out -- so I guess she was repeating something she was told by a rider, and may have misunderstood.
With a single bar, if the person next to her didn't fall out, there may be something more to the story. I'm surprised the ride didn't include a seat belt in addition to the lap bar.
I feel badly for the woman's family and for everyone else involved (other riders, ride operators, etc.). But I just got home from a park-heavy trip (six parks in nine days!), and even if this had happened before my trip, I'd still be riding those coasters.
There is clearly a lot of comments from confused people on many sites because they are sharing their experiences from the old Texas Giant, not the "NEW Texas Giant". The old wooden variety used trains from PTC with ratcheting lap bars that clicked.
New Texas Giant doesn't use a ratcheting lap bar system, so there are no clicks heard. These trains use a hydraulic locking system that allows the restraint to lock in any position thus making it safer. There is nothing in the design to even make the clicking noise, so the witness statement about the clicks makes no sense.
If the witness statements in the press are credible then ride operators were aware of the situation, had a conversation with her and she ultimately made the decision to ride and trust their judgement that the restraint was locked and closed. Keep in mind these trains have electronic sensors to indicate that each restraint has been lowered enough and is locked.
However, if she didn't feel safe then she could've said "I'd like to get off."