Topeka, State Win In Lawsuit Over Drowning Deaths

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Shawnee County judge has ruled the city of Topeka and the state of Kansas were not liable in a lawsuit filed by the father of a Topeka man who drowned when a canoe capsized in the Kansas River in 2007.

Jim Bryant, the father of one of two men who drowned, alleged in the lawsuit that authorities did not adequately warn boaters of the danger posed by a low-water weir on the river.

Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Bryant and 30-year-old Richard Heyroth drowned when their canoe capsized after it went over a spillway in August 2007.

Shawnee County Judge Larry Hendricks on Tuesday rejected Byrant's contention. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the judge ruled the city and state did not show "wanton or gross conduct" regarding the river conditions.

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