Here's How Much Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Will Get
10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed in 2016 at a Kansas water park
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2017 6:48 PM CDT
Caleb Schwab died Aug. 7, 2016 while riding the Verruckt, a waterslide that's billed as the world's largest, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan.   (David Strickland via AP, File)

(Newser) – The family of a 10-year-old boy who died on a giant waterslide at a Kansas water park will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments, the AP reports, citing court documents. The largest payment to Caleb Schwab's family, $14 million, will come from SVV 1 and KC Water Park, two companies associated with the Texas-based water park operator Schlitterbahn, according to the Kansas City Star. The rest of the money will come from the general contractor, the raft manufacturer, and a company that consulted on the 17-story "Verruckt" waterslide that was dubbed the tallest in the world. The waterslide at the park in Kansas City has been closed since Caleb's death on Aug. 7, 2016.

The settlements had already been announced, but the amount wasn't disclosed. The Star obtained the court documents after filing motions to intervene. The newspaper argued that the amounts paid by each defendant should be released to ensure those responsible for Caleb's death are held publicly accountable. Verruckt featured multi-person rafts that made a 17-story drop at speeds of up to 70mph, followed by a surge up a hump and a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. During the ride, Caleb was decapitated, a person familiar with the investigation has said. The two women who took the ride with Caleb suffered serious facial injuries. They have settled their claims against the companies involved in the making of Verruckt.

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