The path was paved for Naya Rivera’s family to sue Ventura County for wrongful death after the singer died while boating on Lake Piru with her three-year-old son Josey on July 8, 2020.
According to RadarOnline, the Glee star’s ex Ryan Dorsey claims the county failed to provide adequate security measures for Rivera and her son before they went on their boat trip last year. The district denied the allegations and asked a judge to block the lawsuit. The application was denied by a judge, so Dorsey may sue for punitive damages in the millions.
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In his lawsuit, Dorsey alleged that the boat was “not equipped with a safely accessible ladder, adequate rope, anchor, radio or safety mechanism to prevent swimmers from being separated from their boats, nor with swimming or life-saving equipment.” He also claims that there were no signs warning of the dangerous conditions of the lake and that the person who rented the boat to his ex also did not warn against wearing a life jacket. The county denies this claim.
Last November, Rivera and her son rented a pontoon boat for a day trip to Lake Piraeus. Hours after they left, their son was found sleeping alone on the boat while Rivera was nowhere to be found. A massive search was initiated and her body was eventually recovered. Investigators found that Naya and her son had swum, but she did not get back on the boat. Her son said she threw him on the boat, but then she disappeared.