Family gets $20 million settlement in Kansas water slide death

May 4, 2017 8:16 pm Last Updated: May 4, 2017 8:16 pm

Nearly a year after a 10-year-old boy fell to his death on a waterslide in Kansas, his family received a $20 million settlement from various companies, WSB-TV reported.

Caleb Schwab died last year during an accident on the Verruckt slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas.

The local broadcaster reported that the family will get:

  • $14 million from SVV1 and KC Water Park
  • $5 million from Henry & Sons, the general contractor that built Verruckt
  • $500,000 from Zebec of North America, the company that made the raft for the ride
  • $232,125 from National Aquatics Safety Company and the founder, John Hunsucker. The company consulted on the Verruckt


Caleb is believed to have died from a fatal neck wound—possibly decapitation, it was reported. He was riding in a raft with two adults when the accident occurred.


The boy was at the park for a special day recognizing elected officials in the area, the NY Daily News reported.

Caleb’s  father, Scott Schwab, who is  a member of the Kansas House of Representative, has previously claimed that his son died because “someone was negligent.”