VENTURA, Calif. — A wrongful death lawsuit was filed within the drowning of”Glee” celebrity Naya Rivera, who died that summer when angling with her 4-year-old son on a California lake.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, blames Ventura County and directors of Lake Piru because of her accidental death on July 8 in the lake northwest of Los Angeles. It was registered on behalf of her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, by Ryan Dorsey — Rivera’s ex-husband along with the boy’s father and protector — and on behalf of her mansion.
Her son was discovered sleeping and lonely on the drifting ship after that day.
Rivera’s body has been discovered floating at a 30-foot-deep field of the lake five days afterward. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Rivera’s body was likely trapped in thick vegetation submerged for many days before drifting to the surface.
An autopsy report said Rivera was a fantastic swimmer and recorded her death as a crash.
However, the lawsuit stated the downturn was involved. It said that the pontoon vessel lacked a safely available ladder, rope, radio, anchor, or other gear to maintain swimmers from being split from the ship.
Additionally, it did not possess a life preserver or other flotation or lifesaving apparatus, according to the suit.
The guy who leased Rivera the ship has stated she dropped a life vest, but he placed one aboard anyhow.
The lawsuit also said there were not any indications at the region warning” of the lake’s strong currents, reduced visibility, high winds” and other threats although at least 26 people have drowned there because the lake opened in 1959.
“While Naya and Josey were swimming, the ship began to be carried off — probably by the present and wind, which gusted up to 21 miles that day,” according to the suit.
Inaccurate reports had stated that Rivera fostered back the boy aboard the ship but he was able to get aboard by himself, according to the lawsuit.
The boy discovered Rivera shout for help because she fought to return to the ship before she vanished, the lawsuit said.
Rivera might not have understood that her son had left it into the ship” but she knew she was dying and wouldn’t return to her son,” the lawsuit contends.