Family unsure why man killed by roller coaster climbed fence

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By: Associated Press

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A relative of a man killed after being struck by a roller coaster at Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park says she’s struggling to figure out why he’d have risked jumping a security fence to retrieve a cellphone and wallet that had fallen during his ride.

Forty-five-year-old James Young’s aunt tells The Plain Dealer that her nephew was educated and responsible. Deborah Mohr says the 6-foot-6 Young likely thought it no problem to hop the fence to gather his belongings.

Mohr says Young was single and had just gotten hired as a high-school guidance counselor.

She says the East Canton man was at Cedar Point on Thursday for an annual trip to the park with friends before the start of the school year