The Hi-Miler, subject of a wrongful-death lawsuit.
The Hi-Miler, subject of a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Jeff Balke

Brian Greenhouse: Hi-Miler Roller Coaster Death Ruled an Accident

The death of the man who was thrown from the Hi-Miler roller coaster during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been ruled an accident.

Brian Greenhouse, 46, fell 28 feet to his death in March, resulting in lawsuits that keep the relevant parties from commenting.

But the "accident" ruling is not a surprise. There are five categories of death used by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences: homicide, suicide, accidental, undetermined and natural, a spokesperson said.

Unless Greenhouse's death had been found to have been "caused by the volitional act of someone else" -- meaning someone willfully did something to cause the death -- a homicide ruling would not be issued, the spokesperson tells Hair Balls.

Rodeo officials say Greenhouse's was the first such death at the rodeo midway in 38 years.

The Houston Press has written about the dangers of amusement park rides, in "Thrilled to Death."

Greenhouse's survivors are suing the HLS&R and Ray Cammack Shows, the company responsible for the ride.

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