Parents Of Drowning Victim File Lawsuit Against Boy Scouts

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A wrongful death suit was filed in Phoenix March 27 against the Boy Scouts of America by the parents of Scott Adams Zimmerman, who drowned in Sycamore Creek nearly two years while on a scout camping trip.


The suit alleges that scout leaders made "multiple wrong decisions and committed multiple acts of wrongful conduct" which led to the death of Richard and Joanne Zimmerman's 11-year-old son.

The tragedy happened March 28, 1998, when a group from the Boy Scout's Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix made the 30-mile trip to Bushnell Tanks near Sunflower for an overnight camping trip. When rain drenched the campsite, leaders decided to throw in the towel and head back to Phoenix.


As the group left, a Ford Explorer driven by Leah Stubblefield stalled in the middle of the raging wash. Stubblefield and the two adults and four scouts who were traveling with her climbed onto the roof of the vehicle and waited there for two hours for help to arrive.


Zimmerman, 12-year-old Jarrod Dirvonas and 30-year-old Dean Alexander were killed when the truck rolled downstream.

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