Lawsuit filed in Camp Koch fatality

Herald file photo by Sarah Ann Jump
Isabelle added hand sanitizer to gift bags for chemotherapy patients during a meeting of Girl Scout Troop 670 in 2016. As a service project, the Girl Scouts gathered donated items and assembled gift bags to help patients feel as comfortable as possible during treatments.

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TELL CITY — A lawsuit was filed Monday seeking damages after the death last year of a Girl Scout at Camp Koch.

Isabelle M. Meyer, 11, a Jasper Girl Scout, died June 24 during a morning hike at the wooded camp near Cannelton after a tree uprooted and suddenly fell, injuring her, another scout and two adult leaders. Isabelle died later that same day at St. Vincent Evansville.

The Herald reached out to Isabelle’s guardians, grandparents Cynthia and Stan Meyer of Jasper. They said they did not file the lawsuit and are not associated with the proceedings, nor is Isabelle’s father, Benjamin Brassard of Evansville.

Daniel K. Dilley, Carmel, the personal representative in Isabelle’s wrongful death estate, is the plaintiff in the complaint filed this week in Perry Circuit Court. The lawsuit names Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana Inc., the nonprofit corporation that owns and operates Camp Koch, and Girl Scouts of the United States of America Inc. as defendants. The lawsuit alleges negligent conduct and seeks a jury trial to award punitive damages.

The Herald reached out to Dilley’s law office and left a voicemail. The call was not returned by press time today.

Isabelle’s obituary describes her as an active five-year member of the Girl Scouts of America, where she enjoyed volunteering and doing things for other people. Being a Girl Scout was one of Isabelle’s favorite activities, according to an article in The Herald archives. She loved participating in the service activities, camps and sleepovers. Outside of the Girl Scouts, she volunteered at Precious Blood Church in Jasper and participated in Girls on the Run.

Following Isabelle’s death, support for her family and stories about Isabelle’s kind heart poured in from across the country. And in October 2019, Isabelle’ Girl Scout troop, along with the troops her younger sisters belong to, teamed up to create memorial benches for Isabelle out of recycled bottle caps.

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