Former Schlitterbahn exec charged with manslaughter in water slide death

March 23, 2018 - 2:25 pm
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Kansas City, KS - A former Schlitterbahn executive is facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of a child at a Kansas City, Kansas waterpark.

Tyler Miles was booked in the Wyandotte County Jail Friday morning just before 10 a.m. and charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab.

Schwab was killed while riding the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City, Kansas water park in 2016.

At the time, Verruckt was billed as the tallest water slide in the world.

A statement from the company that owns the Kansas City, Kansas water park said, in part:

"We are deeply disappointed to learn that any individual is being personally charged for the terrible accident on Verruckt."

Verruckt was closed immediately after the fatal incident, but remains standing due to the investigation into Schwab's death.

Miles is being held on a $50,000 bond. He was scheduled to be in court Friday afternoon.

 

FULL SCHLITTERBAHN STATEMENT:

We are deeply disappointed to learn that any individual is being personally charged for the terrible accident on Verruckt. Our review of the facts and circumstances of the accident has never shown any evidence of criminal conduct on the part of anyone. The safety of our guests and employees has been at the forefront of our culture throughout our 40 years of operations. Our families enjoy our waterparks and its rides and attractions. We have set the highest bar for safety in our industry.

Our staff, since we opened Schlitterbahn Kansas City, has demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. Our team has been conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. We are shocked by any allegations of impropriety or negligence on the part of anyone associated with Verruckt.

Throughout his employment with us, our operations director, Tyler, demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. He was conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. Tyler left us in September to accept great opportunity; we were sorry to see him go and wished him well. We stand by him and are shocked by these allegations.

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