Nebraska Boy’s Drowning Death Lawsuit Settled for $300,000

A lawsuit filed after the drowning of an 11-year-old boy who was fishing in Lake Wanahoo has been settled for $300,000.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports the lawsuit settlement was approved March 26 in Saunders County Court.

The parents of Bayden Jacob Martinez-Rush filed the suit after he died June 12, 2012, while fishing alone at a dam spillway near Wahoo. His leg apparently became caught in a concrete pipe because of the water’s force and suction.

Under the settlement, the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District is responsible for $200,000 and Olsson Associates, the engineering firm that designed the dam and spillway, is responsible for $100,000.

The money will be divided between Bayden’s parents, Danelle June Rush and Raul Ernesto Martinez. Rush’s share will go to Bayden’s three siblings.