Fort Worth family blames Boy Scouts for son’s hiking death in lawsuit

Fort Worth family blames Boy Scouts for son’s hiking death in lawsuit

Posted by: DO/Thursday, September 14, 2017/Categories: In The News

DALLAS-- A recently filed lawsuit in Dallas County District Court blames negligence on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America for the death of a Fort Worth teen three months ago.

Reid Comita,15, died from heat stroke while hiking at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch in June.

"The Boy Scouts of America are responsible for my son's death. It's that simple. They are responsible," John Comita told WFAA in a sit-down interview.

The new lawsuit outlines a series of allegations surrounding Reid's death, namely that he was "...sent on an extremely aggressive hike" in temperatures hovering around 100 degrees with a heat index well over that.

The Comita family had specifically signed Reid up for an introductory backpacking class, under adult supervision, because they felt it was the safest option for their son.

"He wasn't an athlete. He wasn't prepared to go on an advanced hike," his father said.

Photos from the camp's Facebook page show rugged, mountainous terrain meandering through Jeff Davis County in southwest Texas.

The petition further contends that Reid didn't receive proper training at the camp before being sent out on the more advanced hike and that he was accompanied by only two other teenagers, not the required two adults.

Read More: WFAA-TV


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