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Posted on: Apr 10, 2018

Intro by Jimmie McMillian, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

On August 7, 2016, a 10-year-old child allegedly died from injuries sustained on the Verrϋckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.  The Schlitterbahn Waterpark’s co-owner, the Verrϋckt waterslide ride’s two principal designers, the park’s director, the Schlitterbahn’s private construction company have been indicted on numerous felony counts that include second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and aggravated child endangerment.  The slide was certified by Guinness World Records in May 2014 as the world’s tallest water slide.  The child was decapitated when the raft that he and two women were strapped into “went airborne and collided with the overhead hoops and netting affixed” to the slide.  The indictment alleges that the engineers had no “technical or engineering credentials” and that the park and its owners were aware of the dangers posed by the ride and injuries suffered by other riders.

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