A 10-year-old boy named Caleb Schwab was decapitated while on a waterslide in Kansas City.
Schwab died while riding the 17-story Verruckt waterslide. The raft that he was in with two other women went airborne, causing them to hit a pole that supported nets designed to keep riders safe. One of the woman suffered a broken jaw and the other broke a bone in her face, Fox 4 reported.
The young boy and his family, Olathe state Rep. Scott Schwab, were enjoying a free day at the park to celebrate Lawmaker Day.
The company that owns a Kansas City waterpark has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark of Kansas City, Kan., was indicted with over the August 2016 death, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said on Friday. Former executive Tyler Miles was also indicted and has pleaded not guilty, Fox News reported.
The 29-year-old former operations director faces 19 other charges, including 12 charges of aggravated battery, five child endangerment charges, and two charges of interference with law enforcement.
Tyler Miles has pleaded not guilty after being charged in connection with a boy’s death. (Wyandotte County Jail)
The KCK water park has been charged with involuntary manslaughter along with several other charges in connection to the 13 other people who were injured while riding the water slide.
Stunning allegations are included in a 47-page court document detailing negligence during the construction and the operation of the Verrückt. The charges against the waterpark and Miles indicate a pattern of injuries on the ride, leading up to the death of the 10-year-old.
The attraction, which was built in 2014, was once promoted as the world’s tallest water slide at 168 feet and 7 inches. It has since been permanently shut down.
Schlitterbahn will tear down the water slide once a court grants it permission following the investigation.
Since Caleb’s death, his father has been fighting to pass a new law on tougher regulations on amusement park rides in Kansas.
Rest in peace little buddy.
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