The family of the 10-year-old Olathe boy killed last summer at Schlitterbahn water park has reached a civil settlement with the park’s owner.
Caleb Schwab was riding the Verrückt water slide in Kansas City, Kan., last August when he was killed.
On Wednesday, his parents and surviving siblings filed a petition in Johnson County District Court asking the court to approve a wrongful death settlement with the owners and operators of the park and also with the manufacturer of the raft Caleb was riding on when he was killed.
After a brief hearing, District Judge Thomas Sutherland approved the settlement.
Exhibits outlining the terms of the settlement were filed with the judge, but they were later withdrawn by the attorneys and were not available in court records.
“In the near future we will be allowed to disclose further specifics regarding the settlement,” Michael Rader, an attorney for the Schwab family, said in a written statement.
The incident was also the subject of an investigation by Kansas City, Kan., police to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing.
A police spokesman said Wednesday that the investigation had been completed and submitted to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.
A spokesman for the district attorney said the case was sent to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. The state office is reviewing the case, according to a spokeswoman.
Derek MacKay, an attorney representing the owners and operators of Schlitterbahn, said Wednesday that he could not comment on the civil settlement. He referred questions to Rader.
Christopher Turney, an attorney for the raft manufacturer, also declined to comment “out of respect for the Schwab family and the other attorneys involved.”
Caleb’s father, Scott Schwab, is a Kansas legislator, but he was not in his Topeka office Wednesday, according to a staff member.
In approving the settlement, the judge found the settlement was “fair, reasonable, valid, just and equitable,” and was “in the best interests of all plaintiffs,” including Caleb’s siblings.