The situation seems to have gotten worse for the Boy Scout leader who pushed over a large, ancient rock formation in a state park, evidence of which was filmed in a now-viral video.
Amid speculation that those involved could face felony charges, the man who actually knocked over the “goblin,” or hoodoo rock formation, in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park is now facing additional scrutiny because he was supposedly disabled in a car accident.
KTVX-TV reported that Glenn Taylor is currently suing Alan MacDonald for injuries suffered and medical expenses after a car accident four years ago.
The local news station reported that Taylor’s lawsuit claims he had “great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of life” due to the accident, which involved MacDonald’s daughter.
But with the recent video showing the man pushing over the heavy boulder, which scientists date back to the Jurassic Era, some are wondering just what “impairment” he had.
“In the video, I see a big strong guy who steps up to a 2,000-pound rock and dislodges it and I just think to myself, ‘that guy doesn’t have a bad back,’” MacDonald told KTVX. “Somebody with a bad back, who is disabled, who can’t enjoy life to me doesn’t step up and push a rock right off its base.”
Watch KTVX’s report about this new development:
The men involved with the viral video, including Taylor, said they knocked the rock over thinking it could be a danger to those in the park by seeming to balance precariously on the ledge. After the video went viral last week, the men said while they would do it again, looking back, acknowledge they could have alerted a park ranger to the issue instead.
A criminal investigation is underway; according to the Salt Lake Tribune, charges could range from a class B misdemeanor to a second-degree felony.
If you missed the viral video of the incident, check it out: