Two Kansas water park workers acquitted

October 18, 2018 - 7:48 pm

A Kansas water park where a boy was killed on a towering waterslide says it respects the decision of a jury that acquitted two maintenance workers who'd been accused of lying to investigators.

Texas-based Schlitterbahn released the statement after jurors acquitted David Hughes and John Zalsman of obstruction of justice. It says company officials have "maintained our belief in the integrity of our staff and respect the process and decision by the jury."

Hughes and Zalsman were the first workers to go on trial in the August 2016 death of Caleb Schwab, 10. The boy died after hitting a metal pole while on the 17-story Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City.

Prosecutors alleged the men lied about failing to replace a brake mat that fell off the slide two weeks earlier.

The park's co-owner and the ride's designer have also been indicted.

Caleb's father, state Rep. Scott Schwab, had no immediate comment on the verdict.

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