EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGoblin Toppler Files Personal Injury Lawsuit Prior to Incident
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Chris Jones, KUTV
Reported: Oct. 21, 2013 11:18 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 3:34 PM EDT
Salt Lake City, Utah
One of the men infamously nicknamed the "Goblin Toppler" is being forced to answer even more questions.
An uproar was created when a video surfaced of three men, Glenn Taylor, his son Dylan and Dave Hall, pushing over a goblin sandstone rock formation last Friday in Goblin Valley State Park in Green River, Utah.
Taylor, the man who is seen actually shoving the rock to the ground, had filed a personal injury lawsuit against a woman and her father for injuries he said he suffered in a 2009 car crash.
Taylor filed the lawsuit at the beginning of September saying that after that accident he injured his back and had to "endure great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of joy of life." Taylor also said in the lawsuit that the accident was "debilitating."
Alan Macdonald said he was surprised when he saw the lawsuit come across his desk. He said his daughter rear-ended several cars during that accident, Taylor, he said, was in one of those vehicles. Macdonald said no one went to the hospital after the crash.
Macdonald said after watching the video that has taken off across the Internet, he thinks Taylor doesn't look debilitated at all.
"He's climbing over other rocks," said Macdonald, after watching the tape. "Then he lines up, gets leverage and pushes that big old rock several times before he finally pushes it over. Then he turns and twists and high fives and yucks it up and flexes his muscles. He just doesn't look like a terribly disabled person to me."
Taylor's attorney Mark Stubbs said just because his client is beginning to recover from his injured back doesn't mean he hasn't suffered from pain in the past, and he said Taylor's medical bills in the wake of the accident could continue for years. He does acknowledge, however, that the tape may not play well if the case was to go before a jury trial, but adds it is only one piece of a larger case.
Source KUTV News.
Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.
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