Boy Scouts Led Fort Worth Teen ‘on a Hike to His Death,' Family Says in Lawsuit

A Fort Worth family is blaming the Boy Scouts of America for the death of their 15-year-old son who died of heat stroke while on a hike in June. The allegations were made in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts in August in Dallas County and first reported by WFAA-TV (Channel 8). The family is seeking more than $1 million in monetary relief. Reid Comita died June 12 on a hike at the Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch in West Texas that, according to the lawsuit, he never should have been on. The suit alleges Reid did not sign up for the hike and his parents, John and Copper Comita, did not give permission for him to go. It also states he was not in the physical condition to do the hike, which was "far too advanced and extreme for him." The family also said that the hike should not have taken place in the heat that day; temperatures were near 100 degrees. "Mr. and Mrs. Comita placed their son into the custody and protection of the Boy Scout Defendants, and instead they led him on a hike to his death," the suit states.  Continue reading...

Copyright The Dallas Morning News
Contact Us