ocean park pier

Parking

I’ll get out and help you park. Okay, back it up. You got 5 feet. Still got 2 feet. Okay, slow it down. You got like 3 inches. You got no inches. You’re hitting the other car. You’re using the other car as a ramp. You’re on top of the other car. You’re going down the other car. You got like 2 feet until you hit the car behind the other car. You got like 3 inches. You’re on top of the second car now. You got like 3 feet before you back off of this pier and land in the ocean. You got like 3 inches until your car is in the water. You’re teetering on the edge of the pier. You’re in the ocean. Okay, you got like 12,000 feet until you hit the bottom of the ocean.

Photograph caption dated March 1, 1927 reads, “Authorities today were investigating the death of John Lee O'Brien, 19-year-old Los Angeles youth when he fell from an Ocean Park roller coaster into the sea. The photo-diagram shows the point at which O'Brien fell from the coaster car and the dotted line indicates the path of his plunge of 50 feet into the ocean to his death."