I share your fear of heights AND ferris wheels. Unfortunately you witnessed something horrific that no young person should have to see or experience. My fear does not stem from a tragedy of that magnitude. I just had relatives that thought it was funny to rock the seat to the point where I felt I was sliding out. I have not been on one since I was a young girl and I am 42 now. You couldn’t pay me enough to get on one of those things.
Glad to know I’m not the only one who avoids them at all cost. People tend to look at me strangely for being afraid of a ride that seems so benign compared to most others. Your story is proof that things can go wrong no matter how safe or harmless something appears. Thank you.