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Culver City Man Falls to His Death at Joshua Tree

Search and rescue crew finds Antonio Coronel Mojica, 42, Thursday afternoon on a ledge 50 feet above the ground.

A 42-year-old man from Culver City died Thursday in a fall at Joshua Tree National Park.

Antonio Coronel Mojica fell about 2:30 p.m. into a cravesse while climbing boulders in a popular area nicknamed the "Hall of Horrors," according to published reports.

According to mydesert.com:

The National Park Search and Rescue team found Mojica on a ledge 50 feet above the ground. By the time emergency personnel reached him, he did not respond to rescuers’ resuscitation attempts, said Dave Carney, a Joshua Tree National Park ranger.

The rock formation is at 4,200 feet near Ryan Campground.

Carney told City News Service someone reported a visitor injury at 2:50 p.m. According to the coroner, Mojica died at 3:30 p.m.

Mojica's death was being investigated by the Riverside County Sheriff's
Department and Joshua Tree Park Rangers.

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Richard Rodriguez October 09, 2012 at 12:57 AM
RIP, Tony. I can't believe how unfair life can be; not only to you, but to your wife and the girls who need you. Makes me so angry. Watch over them.

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