“A huge void that cannot be filled” A family mourns the loss of a 10-year-old girl who drowned in a cellar
Danika Ross died in July after being sucked into a hose in a man-made lake in Quincy, Washington. His family is filing a wrongful death complaint.
QUINCY, Washington – DISCLAIMER: This story contains graphic details about a child’s injuries.
The family of a 10-year-old girl filed a wrongful death complaint just weeks ago, but the parents have chosen to speak to KREM 2 about the loss of their daughter.
Danika Ross’ death stunned the community, now her family must pick up the pieces of what was once their lives, parents told KREM 2’s Morgan Trau.
They read the books on parents. They taught their children not to talk to strangers, to look both ways before crossing the street, and to always wear seat belts. Unfortunately, Margarita and Simon Ross could never have known how to prepare for this.
“You can’t imagine that happening,” said Margarita, Danika’s mother. “Most Hollywood writers can’t tell stories like this; how horrible it is, how unimaginable and impossible to avoid.
Danika Ross, 10, traveled with her family to Quincy, Washington for summer vacation, but that trip ended in tragedy. She drowned after being sucked into an irrigation hose in a man-made lake in Quincy, Washington.
“It’s like a huge void that cannot be filled,” added Simon, Danika’s father. “That’s what makes it so hard to deal with can happen. It’s like nothing will prepare you for it.”
The family are now suing the owners of the Cave B and Familigia Water District property, citing their negligence as the reason for their daughter’s wrongful death. Despite Cave B’s website advertising swimming in the water, this lake “was literally a death trap,” the lawsuit claimed. Cave B’s website says the lake is for both recreation and cellar irrigation
The hose was not grated, it was bigger than needed and there was no warning, sign or other indication that an ungrated hose was in the lake creating suction, the suit added.
“It’s hard to imagine the death of your child,” Margarita said. But hearing how it really happened, and thinking about what she went through in the last moments of her life, makes it so much more horrible. “
His death was caused by asphyxiation from drowning and also compression of the torso from the pressure in the hose, the Grant County Coroner’s Office told KREM 2. The coroner was unsure of what. had happened first, but the trial said the death was “painful, horrible, terrifying and senseless.”
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After being sucked into the tube, the ten-year-old girl was “pushed into a 90-degree elbow in the pipe,” then “her body was carried almost 70 feet up the hill via the mechanical pump mechanism.” , according to the document. noted.
The garden hose
The document also said the siblings and the young family friend watched helplessly as Danika was shot into the pipe as the girl cried out for help. Her 7-year-old sister, who was six at the time, tried to save her but did not have the strength to overcome the aspiration, said attorney Anthony Marsh of the Herrmann Law Group. The mother of the family friend who was watching all the children jumped in to try and find Danika after she went missing, but she was gone.
“It’s our own grief to deal with, plus the grief of the children,” said Simon. “We have to be imaginative all the time to help the kids deal with this. My seven year old daughter, she brings more than once an hour. She writes poems to Danika. When we go to the store, she buys her toys. She talks about how Danika goes to Heaven. “
Danika leaves behind her parents, six siblings and half-siblings, and close family friends who are mostly relatives in Issaquah.
“And the other thing is young children, in particular, are raising all the time now,” he added. “[They say]’I have to be careful because I don’t want to die like my sister.’ “
“Sevastian always talks about Danika because he’s the one who lost his hand to hold her hand,” Margarita said of their eight-year-old son. “In the morning he will tell me ‘oh I saw Danica in my dreams, I miss her so much.’ He keeps talking about her.”
Danika wanted to be a vet, but also liked to create videos on TikTok and Youtube. She included her siblings in the videos, becoming the heart of the family. Without her, the family said they felt empty.
“There is no hope,” she said. Like, every day I think it might get a little easier, but it’s not. I know what they say about “time that heals”, but I know it is not. I don’t know if it will ever be enough [time], because every day I realize more and more that this is it, this is how we are supposed to live now. “
The family is suing Cave B, the Familigia Company and their Water District, and several other individuals affiliated with each organization for negligence. The lawsuit says the defendants were responsible for “designing, installing and maintaining” the pump and promoting the lake for recreational purposes without warning of the danger of the hose.
In fact, the lawsuit added that an advertisement on a website for renting a house on the lake stated that “the back patio is just steps from the lake with plenty of seating for your group, an electric barbecue and a large gas fireplace. Beach towels, two inflatable paddle boards, and other water toys are included for your enjoyment. The lake is artificial and bordered. It is used to irrigate the vines and is filled as needed with fresh well water. The ad now has a warning after the original statement. Cave B added: “Currently the lake is not intended for water activities or swimming.” The lawsuit also added that the pipe system did not comply with federal and state laws.
“We relied on the due diligence of other people,” said Simon. “It wasn’t there. Everything is strict, especially when you talk to salespeople and for a multitude of agencies, permits, engineering. You get used to believing in the protection of the authorities, of a government. local, that certain things are checked, inspected, approved and then implemented. We rely on that as citizens. We also try to do due diligence. We follow the rules. We obey the laws of the company. Therefore , we are responsible for everyone’s safety, in a sense, even when you are driving down the street. If you don’t follow these simple guidelines, you can hurt someone. But this one is much worse because you are building something. thing and you put it in the area where there’s such a lot of exposure to all kinds of uses, all kinds of applications. “
The defendants ‘negligent acts or omissions were the cause of Danika Ross’ wrongful death, according to the lawsuit. The family has suffered “economic and non-economic damage” including past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of income or earning capacity, emotional distress, grief, loss of enjoyment of life , mental anguish and pain and suffering, the lawsuit added. . The Ross family suffered damage, including the loss of accumulated income and medical, funeral and funeral expenses, as well as the conscious pain, suffering, anxiety and fear of near death experienced by the deceased. “, he continued.
“The beneficiaries of the estate continue to suffer general damages due to the losses of the estate due to his untimely death. The plaintiffs, the beneficiaries of the estate, have also suffered and continue to suffer general damages resulting from the violent and tragic loss of Danika Ross, the total amount will be determined by a trier of fact, “the doc added.
The child of anyone swimming there could be a victim, the parents said.
“It’s difficult to deal with,” he said. “It’s like, what else can I do to protect my children in the future?”
It is impossible to put the price on the death of a child, but the family asks to educate other parents as well. They said, it could have been anyone else’s child, but theirs paid the ultimate price. Both parents were away due to a family emergency, which they now say could turn back time. Margarita found out during a phone call from one of Danika’s older half-sisters, Alina, 30. Simon was facing a family emergency in the Seattle area and Margarita was a few hours away.
“Alina said there was an emergency,” she said. “We prepared for the worst, but I couldn’t imagine what I had to imagine myself for.
“I called her right away. She said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, but it looks like Danika has drowned. Her whole life. There was no way. Maybe she was. hiding somewhere. I ask her to keep me posted. I start to come back.
“[These were the] worse, two to three hours of my life, because you hope, you really hope, “she continued, crying.” And every phone call you get, that’s it. She’s just gone and there’s nothing more you can do about it. “
“I have a photo of the sunset where all the kids are by this little lake on the beach during the sunset,” Simon added. “Then, about 10 minutes, or 15 minutes later, I get a phone call that I wish I would never have my life.”
While Margarita was on her way, the family friend stayed in the water, looking for Danika. The friend was taken out by the emergency services.
“[The friend] he later suffered a nervous breakdown and had to be admitted to the hospital for an evaluation. After it was clear that she was missing, the family and the Good Samaritans embarked on a desperate search for her, joining their arms and scouring the lake in search of any sign of her body. None will be found, ”the lawsuit said.
Eventually, the 10-year-old’s body had to be retrieved by opening the pipe about 75 feet from the lake, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigation said. His body had to be pulled from the hose by firefighters, they added.
“For us, it’s just about picking up pieces of what’s left of our lives,” Simon said.
Once a person dies, Russian tradition states that the person’s soul will linger for up to 40 additional days on Earth. Danika’s memorial service took place 40 days after her death, which was just her 11th birthday.
KREM 2 has contacted Cave B several times but has not received a response. KREM 2 was unable to contact Familigia. King County Superior Court puts the case on trial in the summer of 2022.