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Ohio teen dies in 60-foot fall at Old Man's Cave

TNS Regional News • Apr 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

A Columbus teen was killed and a woman was seriously injured in separate falls yesterday at Hocking Hills State Park.

Josias Rodriguez, 19, died about 3:30 p.m. in a 60-foot fall at Old Man's Cave, said Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman Matt Eiselstein.

Rodriguez, who was hiking with some friends, left the marked trail, climbed a rock face and fell as he attempted to climb back down the cliff, Eiselstein said.

Other hikers attempted to revive Rodriguez, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the sixth person to die in a fall at Old Man's Cave since 2001.

Rodriguez was a sophomore at Ohio Christian University in Circleville. The university canceled semester finals on Monday and scheduled a memorial service for Rodriguez at 1 p.m. in Detty Chapel. He was a 2011 graduate of Tree of Life Christian School in Columbus.

A 23-year-old Chillicothe-area woman was badly injured later in the afternoon at Cantwell Cliffs when she and her boyfriend left the trail and she slipped on the edge of a cliff and fell about 100 feet, Eiselstein said.

A doctor, nurse and retired police officer hiking nearby came to her aid. The woman, whose name was unavailable, was flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where she was in serious condition.

"There are so many hazards," Eiselstein said of Hocking Hills State Park. "It's a beautiful place, but don't leave the marked trails."


By Randy Ludlow - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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