The untimely death of Naya Rivera shocked the world and now it has sparked a wrongful death lawsuit against Ventura County.
According to reports, the lawsuit has been filed on behalf of her Rivera’s 4-year-old son, Josey, by his father, Ryan Dorsey, who was on the lake with her the day that she drowned. The lawsuit claims that the boat that Rivera rented was not equipped with floatation devices and other pieces equipment that were made to keep swimmers from being separated from their boats or any other warning signs about the area.
Amjad Khan, Dorsey’s attorney wrote, “While Naya and Josey were swimming, the boat started to be carried away — likely by the current and wind, which gusted up to 21 miles per hour that afternoon. Josey, who was closer, managed to get back on the boat by his own volition and braced himself on the boat, which was rocking back and forth forcefully in the current and wind. Josey knew Naya was still in the water, and heard her cry, ‘Help! Help!’ in her struggle to get back to the boat and avoid drowning. Josey searched in vain for rope to help his mother get back on the boat. Josey then looked back at the water for his mother and saw that Naya had disappeared. Josey yelled for help and cried alone in the boat until he was found more than an hour later by a PMC boat leasing agent.”
Naya Rivera passed away on July 8th by accidental drowning while on Lake Piru with her son, Josey.
The lawsuit also extends to the United Water Conservation District and Parks and Recreation Management.