Jury Awards Families $2.4M in Lawsuit Over Utah Couple’s Kayaking Death

July 25, 2014

A jury has faulted state and local agencies in the 2010 deaths of a Utah married couple kayaking in the Jordan River.

Family members of Kelly Frye-Glasser and Joseph Glasser on Tuesday won their case arguing that officials were aware of the deceptively swift waterfall. They say overgrown weeds obscured warning signs.

The jury on Tuesday awarded a $2.4 million verdict to the family. It found Murray City, which owns the bridge over the fall and concrete underneath, to be 50 percent responsible for the deaths.

Jury awardThe Salt Lake Tribune reports that Murray, Salt Lake County, two state agencies and two contractors had already settled for a total of $1.25 million.

Officials said the couple was wearing floatation devices when they were pulled under water by an undercurrent.

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  • March 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    ron Ball says:
    Negligence is negligence. I worked for a municipality in N. Utah. The city knew that the river was dangerous and that improvements the city and made were not compliant with ri... read more
  • July 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Ms.Pea says:
    It's interesting to me that people are so quick to judge and cite "poor judgement" in these cases. Yet, if these were your loved ones, I doubt that you'd be saying that. As in... read more
  • July 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    Huh! says:
    I believe we assume the risks associated with all that we choose to do, even if we do not like the final results.
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