Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Sad To Hear
A young hiker fell to his death in Starved Rock State Park in Illinois.
Milos Hrsto was recovered and transported to Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room, according to La Salle County Coroner’s office.
My condolences to his friends and family.
Update: It looks like an accident.

Hrsto was hiking with a few family members to the upper trail of Pontiac Canyon when he and about three others in his party stepped off the marked trail about six to eight feet to venture to the canyon’s rim to look over the edge, said Sgt. Robert Frazier of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police.

A family member told police Hrsto was leaning on a tree when the branch broke, which caused him to fall over the edge.

“The park adequately posted warning signs not to step off the trail,” Frazier said today. “We believe this was purely an accident and drugs and alcohol were not involved.”

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