Teens Ignored Danger Sign Before Fatal San Francisco Cliff Plunge

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — U.S. Park officials said Monday that a teenager who tumbled to her death last week at San Francisco Land’s End ignored a posted danger sign and climbed a fence before she fell.

The United States Park Police said their investigation had determined that 17-year-old Victoria La Rocca and two of her friends “parked a vehicle along El Camino Del Mar… (and) walked down to a fence that has a sign indicating ‘Danger Area Closed.’”

“All three juveniles disregarded this sign and made their way through this fence and walked to the Painted Rock cliffs edge,” the park police said in a statement. “United States Park Police Detectives confirmed with two of the juveniles that they knew the area was closed to the public but did so anyway.”

La Rocca, from Corte Madera and a student at San Francisco’s St. Ignatius College Preparatory high school, suffered “extensive trauma to her head and body” as she fell 150 to 200 feet and landed on a large rock.

U.S. Park Police officers responded and found her lying on the rock around 6 feet from the water’s edge. Rescuers couldn’t immediately reach her from land, so had to get to her via Jet-Ski in the water.

“Strong and treacherous search conditions” initially hampered the rescue crew’s ability to reach the victim but ultimately “crews fought aggressively and got to the victim,” Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter said.

When they reached her she was still breathing, but died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.

The park police said their investigation was still ongoing.

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  1. Rene Ilf says:

    previous story said there was an adult with them. if so the adult should be prosecuted for letting them cross the danger sign. college prep school my ass

  2. Victoria La Rocca clearly is another example of the idiots being born these days and a good example of the clusterfuk that is the next generation.

    Praise be to the Lord for such wonderful idiots.

    1. Sam Burns says:

      So a teenager’s decision to ignore a warning sign while walking with friends is exemplary of the disgraceful idiots being born these days? Curiosity while taking a walk is all it takes now is it?

      My sincerest condolences to any offspring your sanctimoniousness probably doesn’t have. And furthermore, I bet your generation was unfavorably looked upon by your predecessors as well.

      Very supportive sentiments from you for Victoria’s devastated parents who now have to bury their child – unnecessarily cruel-hearted.

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