Teen Dies After Falling On Yosemite Hiking Trail

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (CBS/AP) – A teenage boy has died of head injuries five days after falling on Yosemite National Park’s most popular hiking trail.

The Stanislaus County coroner said 17-year-old Kao Kue of Fresno died at a Modesto hospital Wednesday night.

According to park spokeswoman Kari Cobb, the teen was hiking the Mist Trail when he slipped.

The trail runs alongside Vernal Fall, and signs warn hikers that mist from the fall can make the trail slippery. Three hikers were swept over the falls last month after ignoring barriers to the Merced reiver, witnesses said.

Cobb declined to discuss details of Kue’s fall because he was a minor.

In May, a Texas man drowned in the Merced River when he slipped from the Mist Trail.

So far, 14 people have died this year inside Yosemite, a modern-day record. Kue is not included in that count because he died outside of the park.

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  • Chaka Chuka

    May he rest in pease.

  • Susie

    ok when is the parks dept going to realize that Yosemite is DANGEROUS this year and new barricades must be placed, rangers must be in place, FINES must be in place. RESTRICTIONS MUST BE IN PLACE!!!
    How many people are going over the falls this year before you make it safer? If people cannot visit safely, they simply must not be allowed to visit these areas!

    Obviously, we are responsible for our own safety, but over and over and over again we see people slipping to their deaths. CLOSE THE FALLS THIS YEAR!!!!

    • Darwin

      I really hate to be the one to break the news to you wittle Susie but the big bad old world is DANGEROUS! If people are too stupid to exercise caution then too bad. Hopefully they remove themselves from the gene pool before they reproduce. And Susie you should also refrain from any thoughts of reproduction. Let the idiocy end with you.

    • http://spinnyliberal.com Spinny Liberal

      Or people can just heed the warning signs that were put there for a reason?

  • Bat

    Rename the trail “Dead Man’s Slide”, Set up score board memorial for those who died showing blank space for names, and put bear traps anchored to rock for those who can’t read or don’t beleive they can die..

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