A 19-year-old visitor to Sequoia National Park was killed Monday when he fell about 50 feet from Tokopah Falls, according to the National Park Service.
Park officials say Kevin Trevor Rodriguez, believed to be from the Malibu, California, area, was pronounced dead at approximately 4 p.m. Monday after sustaining severe head injuries from the fall.
Rangers say Mr. Rodriguez and a friend were scrambling on the rocks above the trail when the accident occurred. Instead of climbing down in the same location as they had ascended, they attempted to descend via what appeared to be an easier route. While less steep, the rocks they chose to descend were made slippery by water passing over them during normal high water, and the teenager took a tumbling fall, landing in a small pool below.
Mr. Rodriguez’s traveling companions and bystanders attempted CPR for approximately 45 minutes. Park medics arriving on-scene attempted an additional 15 minutes of CPR before the man was pronounced dead.