Man who toppled Utah rock faces questions over lawsuit

This frame grab from a video taken by Dave Hall shows two men cheering after a Boy Scouts leader knocked over an ancient Utah desert rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park. Authorities are mulling whether to press charges against the scout leader and against the two men who cheered him on after they posted video of the incident online. (AP Photo/Dave Hall)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Boy Scout leader whose toppling of an ancient rock formation in a state park was captured in a viral online video is facing questions over a personal injury lawsuit he filed a month before the incident.

Glenn Taylor of Highland sued Alan MacDonald in September, claiming his daughter caused a 2009 car crash that left him with debilitating injuries.

MacDonald told KTVX-TV that he questions whether Taylor’s back injuries were as serious as claimed after watching him in the video dislodge a 2,000-pound rock formation.

Taylor’s attorney, Mark Stubbs, told KUTV-TV that the video may not play well if the case was to go before a jury, but it’s only one piece of a larger case. He says just because his client is beginning to recover from his back injuries doesn’t mean he hasn’t suffered past pain.

Taylor’s suit alleges MacDonald’s daughter rear-ended several cars, causing him to “endure great pain and suffering, disability, impairment and loss of joy of life.”

He and fellow Scout leader Dave Hall face possible charges over the Oct. 11 toppling of the rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park.


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