The family of a 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed in a waterslide accident at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016, has reached a settlement with the park’s owners and the company that manufactured the rafts used on the ride.
“The Schwab family remains determined to hold all those responsible for this tragedy accountable, while doing all they can to ensure this never happens again to another family,” the family’s attorney said in a statement e-mailed to the press.
Caleb, the son of Kansas state representative and Speaker of the House Scott Schwab, was killed when the raft he was riding on the Verrückt, billed as the world’s tallest waterslide, went airborne as it topped a hill at the bottom of the 168-foot plunge. Caleb died of decapitation when a metal hoop holding a safety net in place over the slide caught his neck.
Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Sutherland approved the settlement. The Schwab family’s lawyers did not release details of the settlement but said they would be available in “the near future,” according to ABC Radio. Claims against other parties not included in the waterpark settlement remain unresolved.
The towering waterslide was closed down Aug. 7, 2016, the day of Caleb’s death, and has not reopened. The park plans to dismantle the ride once investigations of Caleb’s death are complete. A waterpark spokesperson told ABC Radio that the timing of the slide’s removal is up to the court.
After being sworn in as Speaker of the House, Rep. Schwab alluded to his son’s death in reminding other lawmakers to keep a healthy perspective. “When your bill dies, or your amendment fails … let it go,” he said, according to The Kansas City Star. “Life isn’t worth wasting too much emotional energy on such things. I just want you to know, it could get worse.”