Wrongful death case reaches settlement for family of Naya Rivera

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“Actor Naya Rivera’s family is settling a wrongful death lawsuit over her accidental drowning in a lake in Southern California.

Rivera, 33, who was best known for her role as Santana Lopez in the hit TV show “Glee,” drowned while she was boating with her then-4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, on Lake Piru in July 2020. In November of that year, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Ventura County, where the lake is located.

Her former husband, Ryan Dorsey, sued on behalf of Josey, Rivera’s estate and her business manager. The suit accuses Ventura County, its parks and recreation management agency and the United Water Conservation District of neglecting to sufficiently warn visitors of the lake’s dangers and provide appropriate safety equipment, as well as inflicting emotional distress on the child, who witnessed his mother’s death.”

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We’ll never know the full circumstances of Naya’s drowning but one thing is certain. The shock and trauma that her 4-year-old child at the time endured is something that will never go away. Rather than go through a lengthy trial, a settlement was agreed upon to hopefully put this ordeal behind all parties. Losing a loved one is never easy but for children who lose a parent, the effects are devastating.

At Krug & Zupke, P.C. we handle wrongful death cases for residents in the Twin Cities region. Call us at 651-645-7746 to discuss your situation during a free consultation.