Waterslide designer arrested after boy killed on rid
The designer of a Kansas waterslide, on which a 10-year-old boy was killed in 2016, was arrested at a Texas airport on charges of second-degree murder.
The boy, son of state politician Scott Schwab, suffered head injuries when the raft collided with a metal hoop, which held netting to keep passengers from flying off the slide.
The water park's spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement on Tuesday the indictment against the Mr Schooley and others "is filled with information that we fully dispute" and the boy's death was result of an accident and not of a crime.
In charge papers filed in March, prosecutors accused two park executives and two related companies of rushing to the complete the waterslide - the Verruckt - in order to impress a Travel Channel television programme.
It added that examiners believed that the Verruckt ride "violated nearly all aspects of the longstanding industry safety standards" and that those responsible for the ride's operation, including the Schlitterbahn company, attempted to conceal information from law enforcement.