Indictment: Schlitterbahn executives knew about water slide problems


>>Ursula: IT WAS BILLED AS
THE WORLD’S TALLEST WATER SLIDE
BUT IT HAS REMAINED CLOSED SINCE
THE DEATH OF A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY
AT THE SCHLITTERBAHN WATER PARK
IN KANSAS CITY. ON FRIDAY WE TOLD YOU ABOUT AN
EXECUTIVE WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED
WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER.>>Steve: TODAY WE HAVE
RECEIVED A CRIMINAL INDICTMENT
THAT SAYS EXECUTIVES WITH
SCHLITTERBAHN KNEW OF THE
PROBLEMS WITH THIS WATER RIDE
BUT IGNORED THEM IN ORDER TO GET THAT RIDE UP AND RUNNING BEFORE
THEIR COMPETITORS AND TO BE
FEATURED ON A REALITY TV SHOW.>>Ursula: IT’S A RIDE THE
PARK’S OWNER SAID HE COULD DIE
ON. PATTY SANTOS WITH MORE.>>Reporter: THE 47-PAGE
INDICTMENT DETAILS WHAT IS
ALLEGED TO BE THE AMBITIOUS
PLANS BY SCHLITTERBAHN
EXECUTIVES TO MAKE THE WORLD’S
TALLEST WATER SLIDE. IT NAMED SCHLITTERBAHN CO-OWNER,
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, TYLER
MILES, AND SCHOOLY. MILES IS THE ONLY EXECUTIVE THAT
HAS BEEN CHARGED. THAT RIDE HAS REMAINED CLOSED
SINCE AUGUST 2016 WHEN CALEB
SCHWAB WAS KILLED, DECAPITATING
THE 10-YEAR-OLD. THE INDICTMENT SAYS BACK IN
NOVEMBER 2012 THE WATER SLIDE
IDEA WAS FIRST BROUGHT UP BY
HENRY, THE OWNER OF
SCHLITTERBAHN WATER PARK IN
KANSAS CITY. THE INDICTMENT ALLEGES THAT,
QUOTE, DUE TO HENRY AND
SCHOOLY’S LACK OF EXPERTISE AND
DESIRE TO RUSH THE TIMELINE THEY
SKIPPED THE FUNDAMENTAL STEPS IN
THE PROCESS. THEY RUSHED FORWARD RELYING
ALMOST ENTIRELY ON TRIAL AND
ERROR METHODS. THE INDICTMENT LAYS OUT A
TIMELINE THAT LISTED DESIGN
FLAWS INCLUDING THINGS THAT
WOULD OCCASIONALLY GO AIRBORNE
IN A MANNER THAT COULD INJURE OR
KILL THE OCCUPANTS. ONE IS QUOTED SAYING IT IS
COMPLEX, IT’S FAST, IT’S MEAN. IF WE MESS UP IT COULD BE THE
END. I COULD DIE GOING DOWN THIS
RIDE. INVESTIGATORS WERE TIPPED OFF BY
LIFE GUARDS WHO SAID MILES
WITHHELD DAILY OPERATION
REPORTS. THOSE REPORTS CONTAIN, QUOTE,
INCRIMINATING INFORMATION
AGAINST MILES AND OTHERS, END
QUOTE. THE INDICTMENT GOES ON TO STATE
THAT ONE OF SCHLITTERBAHN’S
ATTORNEYS TRIED TO CONTACT THAT
WHISTLEBLOWER AFTER HE HAD
TALKED WITH POLICE.>>Steve: A SPOKESPERSON FOR
SCHLITTERBAHN SAID THEY WILL BE
CONTESTING THE ALLEGATIONS. THEY ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH
LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE COMPANY SAYS, QUOTE, AT NO
TIME HAVE WE WITHHELD EVIDENCE. AT NO TIME HAVE WE ALTERED
EVIDENCE. THE INDICTMENT USES QUOTED
STATEMENTS FROM A REALITY TV
SHOW SCRIPTED FOR DRAMATIC
EFFECT THAT IN NO WAY AFFECTS
THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF
THE RIDE. AN ATTORNEY FOR MILES RELEASED A
STATEMENT SAYING, QUOTE, NOT
ONLY HAD TYLER RIDDEN THE SLIDE
NUMEROUS TIMES BUT AS IS STATE
IS AWARE HE HAD SCHEDULED HIS
WIFE TO RIDE IT ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT. THESE ARE NOT THE ACTIONS OF
SOMEONE WHO BELIEVED THE RIDE TO
BE DANGEROUS, END QUOTE. FOR THE REST OF THE COMPANY
STATEMENT, YOU CAN GO TO
KSAT

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