Family suing Boy Scouts of America after teen dies on West Texas hike

Family suing Boy Scouts of America after teen dies on West Texas hike
John Reid Comita (Source: John Reid Comita Jr./Facebook)

(KWES) - The family of a Fort Worth teen is suing the Boy Scouts of America after 15-year-old, Reid Comita, died of heat stroke while on a hike in West Texas back in June.

The lawsuit filed in the Dallas County District Court also lists the Buffalo Trail Council and the Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch as defendants.

The parents are suing for the wrongful death of their son that happened June 12 while hiking the Buffalo Trail at summer camp.

According to the lawsuit, the Boy Scout defendants knowingly sent Reid on a hike he didn't sign up for, without consulting the parents and one for which Reid was not in physical condition for.

It's stated that the hike was in temperatures that exceeded a heat index of 100 degrees. The actual temperature that day was 99 degrees, just one degree short of a record-high for June 12.

In an interview with WFAA, the father says "The Boy Scouts of America are responsible for my son's death. It's that simple. They are responsible."

Additionally, the lawsuit states Reid went on the hike with only two other boys of ages 14 and 18, violating BSA safety rules in that at least two adults are required to lead hikes.

The family is seeking more than $1,000,000 in damages.

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