PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A judge has dismissed a $4 million lawsuit filed by a relative of four people who drowned in a northwest Oregon lake in 2014.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Judge Andrew Erwin dismissed the suit after Washington County argued it was entitled to immunity.
The county argued immunity under a state law that says a public land owner isn’t liable for deaths or injuries that occur during recreational use of land.
Fishermen found the body of 3-year-old Jeremy Scholl after the Aug. 25 drownings. The bodies of his mother, Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua; her brother, Michael Garcia-Ixtacua; and their mother, Jova Ixtacua-Castano, were found nearby.
The lawsuit contended the children stepped into or floated above a deep trench near the wading area, then disappeared into the water. The women tried to rescue them, but were caught in the drop-off.
An attorney for the family said they plan to appeal.