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THE family of an 11-year-old boy who died after a water park ride capsized in an accident that left his brother fighting for his life has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in state court on Thursday.

David and Sabrina Jaramillo along with their three children David Jr, August and Nyla have filed a lawsuit against Adventureland Park for the incident last year.

4The family of 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo is suing the park where he died in a Raging River accidentCredit: GMA 4Michael drowned when the raft he and his family were on capsized, trapping everyone underneath the waterCredit: WOWT

Michael Jaramillo, 11, was on the Ragging River ride with his family on July 3, 2021, when the raft flipped and trapped all six of them under the water.

Michael drowned and his other family members were injured.

The family’s lawsuit claims the park located in Altoona, a suburb of Des Moines, failed to properly maintain and repair its rides for several rides, including the Raging River.

The suit also alleges the park continued operations on the day of the incident despite reports of serious problems.

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The Jaramillo family is seeking unspecified monetary damages for negligence against the company that owned the park, Adventure Lands of America, former CEO Michael Krantz and three managers.

Krantz’s family owned the company that operated the park since the 1970s before it was sold late last year to Palace Entertainment.

“All actions or failures to act by the stated officers and managers occurred during their employment by Adventure Land, and within the scope of their employment,” the lawsuit read.

Court records show Adventureland has been sued in recent years by people who were seriously injured on other rides, including waterslides.

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Iowa OSHA records show the agency most recently fined Adventureland in 2018 after an employee working on a roller coaster was knocked off a transformer and fell to the ground when he was struck by a test ride.

The employee was hospitalized with a broken arm. Adventureland settled safety violations by agreeing to pay $14,500 in 2019.


Just days after Michael’s death, his parents went on Good Morning America to speak about the moment their children reached out to be saved when the raft capsized.

"I see the silhouettes of my sons trying to grab each other, grab us," David said.

"I'm drowning," he continued. "The river was so intense, it was like a suction."

The parents said that they were able to escape the raft, as were youngest son Gus and their niece but Michael and David remained trapped under the water.

As the family screamed out for help, staff and first responders dived into the water and were eventually able to pull the two boys free.

Four off-duty Altoona officers and fire medics who were working at the park "quickly responded," cops said.

Both were rushed to a local hospital in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries.

Michael died from his injuries a day later while his brother David was placed in a medically induced coma.

The Jaramillos spoke of their heartbreak at not being able to see their son grow up.

"I will never get a chance to see him grow up or get a chance to see him graduate," Sabrina said.

She broke down in tears as she said family-owned Adventureland "robbed me of my baby."

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"He was just taken from us," David Jaramillo added. "Love your kids. You just don't know when they'll be taken."

"His heart was bigger than him," he added of his son.

4Court records show Adventureland has been sued in recent years by people who were seriously injured on other rides, including waterslidesCredit: AP 4The family is seeking unspecified monetary damangesCredit: GMA

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Michael Kopech tosses 6 no-hit innings and strikes out a career-high 11 in the Chicago White Soxs 2-0 against the Detroit Tigers

Michael Kopech made his case for another inning.

The Chicago White Sox starter had not allowed a hit and struck out a career-high 11 through six stellar frames Friday against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

He did not get his wish. The Sox turned to Reynaldo López for the seventh.

“I thought I had a pretty decent chance, but they didn’t want that to happen,” Kopech said. “I’m at a point in the season where I’ve thrown a lot more innings than I did last year, so they want to rest me and make sure I’m healthy here for the next one.”

The team’s no-hit bid ended when Javier Báez led off the seventh with a single to right-center.

The Sox didn’t get the no-no but they did get a victory. Andrew Vaughn broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, two-run single in the seventh, and the bullpen kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for a 2-0 win.

“That’s as far as he should have gone,” manager Tony La Russa said of Kopech. “But if you think I’m old school, I’m really new school. I would change the definition of a win. If we win the game, he’s got to get the win.

“I was aware where it was. I knew it wouldn’t be popular, but I don’t want to have regret.”

Kopech, who exited after 85 pitches, said he understood the decision.

“Eighty-five pitches in the sixth isn’t going to get me through the ninth inning,” Kopech said. “What they were saying was, ‘What’s the difference between the sixth and the seventh if you’re not going to go nine?’ And I understand.

“I would have liked to have gone deeper, but the bullpen came in and did their job, and we put some runs up and won the game and that’s what matters.”

The Sox opened a seven-game homestand on a positive note but had to complete the contest without Luis Robert. The center fielder exited with a sprained left wrist after sliding headfirst while trying to steal second base in the sixth inning.

X-rays were negative and Robert is day to day, the Sox said.

The Sox on Thursday squandered another strong outing by Dylan Cease against the Royals in Kansas City, Mo. They made sure they didn’t do the same Friday with Kopech on the hill.

While the right-hander didn’t factor in the decision, he was fantastic.

“I feel like that was the definition of dominant,” Vaughn said of Kopech. “That was unbelievable. Watching him pitch from the outfield, I could see the ball moving from there. Special.”

Kopech reached double-digit strikeouts for the second time in his career, with the first occurring April 25, 2021, when he struck out 10 against the Texas Rangers.

Kopech struck out the side in the second Friday and added another to start the third.

“I felt like I was able to kind of catch a rhythm toward the second or third inning,” he said. “Stuff was coming out good and overall I was feeling pretty good.”

Kopech struck out two of the three batters in the fourth. After walking the leadoff batter in the fifth, Kopech struck out the next three.

He struck out two more while retiring the side in order in the sixth.

“He wanted to go back out there because he really had good command of his fastball,” La Russa said. “But you reach back for extra when you’re tired and get to that limit, bad things happen. Very difficult. I felt it was the right thing to do. It was my decision. (Pitching coach) Ethan (Katz) felt the same way, if that helps.”

Kopech lowered his ERA to 3.18.

Friday was the 21st start of the season for Kopech, who returned to the rotation after spending most of last season in a relief role. He missed 2019 recovering from Tommy John surgery and opted out of the 2020 pandemic-shortened season for personal reasons.

The Sox planned to keep track of his innings throughout the season, and he said the communication has been good.

“There are times where you’re worried if your stuff will translate from the bullpen to the starting rotation,” Kopech said. “Obviously some things have been different than they were last year. The velocity hasn’t been up. Strikeout numbers haven’t been up. Both of those were up a tick (Friday).

“The fact that it played up, that I had decent success in location this year just makes me satisfied moving forward. The goal is always to give the team a chance to win, but on a personal note I want to be able to do this for as long as I can.”


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