Boy’s Death Draws Murder Charge For Ride Designer

CBS News reports:

The designer of the Kansas waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated in 2016 was taken into custody in Dallas Monday evening after arriving on a flight from China, the U.S. Marshals Service says. John Schooley, 72, was detained at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. He’s charged with second-degree murder. Schooley will be held in the Dallas area pending his arraignment and extradition to Kansas, the Marshals Service says. Caleb Schwab was killed in August 2016 while riding the 168-foot-tall “Verruckt” — German for “insane.” It was the top draw at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas since its debut two years before. It was billed as the world’s tallest waterslide.

The Associated Press reports:

A Kansas grand jury last week indicted Schooley and Jeffrey Henry, a co-owner of Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. The indictment accuses Henry of making a “spur of the moment” decision to build the Verruckt ride — touted as the world’s tallest water slide — and that he and Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides. A former operations director for Schlitterbahn also has been charged. The indictment alleges the ride violated “nearly all aspects” of longstanding standards established by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

The boy’s family won a $20M settlement last year.