Deadly Vacation: Mom Dies after Riding Roller Coaster

Medical condition contributed to woman's death

WINTERVILLE - A Pitt County mother suffered a brain aneurysm and died after riding a roller coaster Saturday, leaving behind a husband and five children.

Denise King, 48, was found unresponsive after a two minute ride on the Dominator roller coaster at King's Dominion Theme Park. The Park is 24 miles north of Richmond, Virginia.

An autopsy was conducted to find the cause of death, and state inspectors found no design flaws with the ride.

The attraction closed after the incident, but reopened Monday after passing two inspections.

According to a memorial website, King was the first student at Pitt Community College to receive a degree in Fine Arts. She expanded her artistic horizons, finding "a new passion for ceramics and had been accepted into the ceramics program at ECU."

King lived in the Winterville and Greenville area for the past 18 years. She had previously lived in Kinston and Tampa, Florida.

She is survived by Donald E. King, Jr., her husband of 19 years. King also leaves behind five children - Courtney, Nicholas and Becca King, as well as Brandon and Lauren Avery.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Wilkerson Funeral Home, 2100 E. Fifth St., Greenville.

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