Creator of Verruckt Waterslide That Killed 10-Year-Old Boy to Face Murder Charges [VIDEO]
The co-owner of a Kansas waterpark and the man responsible for designing a waterslide that killed a 10-year-old boy will face reckless second-degree murder charges.
Jeff Henry, who co-owns Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, and John Schooley, who designed the 17-story waterslide, are being charged with the death of Caleb Schwab, who was decapitated when the raft in which he was riding went airborne.
Henry & Sons Construction Co., the company that built the ride was also charged, according to Time.
According to the indictment, “not a single engineer was directly involved in Verruckt’s dynamic engineering or slide path design.” It also alleges that Henry and his partners tested the waterslide at night in order to avoid scrutiny. The indictment also includes injuries to 13 other people who have been injured on the slide.
Caleb's family has been awarded a nearly $20 million settlement since his death in 2016.