Parents file lawsuit against state, Utah County after son dies hiking Bridal Veil Falls

After their son died while hiking Bridal Veil Falls, the parents of Kedi Chen have filed a lawsuit against Provo City, Utah County, the state of Utah and other educational organizations. (Photo: Mike Stephen / KUTV)

(KUTV) -- After their son died while hiking Bridal Veil Falls, the parents of Kedi Chen have filed a lawsuit against several defendants, including: Provo City, Utah County, state of Utah and a three education organizations.

Court documents say Chen Wangsheng and Hao Shiyu are also suing the Summit International Education company, Selnate Defendants and Nishiyamato Educational Inc, a private Japanese international day school, for the wrongful death of their son.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday.

In October 2016, Chen came to the United States from Japan for a school trip with Nishiyamato Gakuen Junior High School. While Chen was in America, Brandon and Mary Reas were assigned as his host family through the organization Selnate Defendants, court documents state.

During his short stay in the states, Brandon took Chen skateboarding up Provo Canyon. They also hiked Bridal Veil Falls. After making it to the top of the falls, Brandon slipped and fell to his death. The 14-year-old tried to hike down the trail but he also slipped and sustained serious injuries. Chen later succumbed to his injuries.

Read the lawsuit in its entirety below.



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