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Teenager dies after falling during hike

Associated Press • Aug 7, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Hocking County Coroner David Cummin said Zachary Doherty, 18, of Uniontown in Stark County, was off the posted trail when he fell Sunday night in Hocking Hills State Park. Cummin said Doherty was hiking with his girlfriend.

She was a short distance away and took a photo of him standing near the waterfall moments before he fell. Family and friends gathered at Doherty’s northeast Ohio high school on Monday night for a vigil. Officials said this is the first death this year in the park, about 50 miles southeast of Columbus.

Three people were killed in cliff falls last year.

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