17-Year-Old Girl Who Died After Fall at Eaton Canyon ID'd

The deceased victim suffered a head injury in the 200-foot fall at the popular hiking area north of Pasadena

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Saturday, Mar 23, 2013  |  Updated 3:05 PM PDT
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A popular diver and high school senior, Esther Suen, 17, died on Friday in a fall at Eaton Canyon hiking area near Pasadena. Three of Suen's friends were injured. Jane Yamamoto reports from Alhambra for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on March 22, 2013.

A popular diver and high school senior, Esther Suen, 17, died on Friday in a fall at Eaton Canyon hiking area near Pasadena. Three of Suen's friends were injured. Jane Yamamoto reports from Alhambra for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on March 22, 2013.

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Teen Hiker Dies After Fall at Eaton Canyon

A teenage girl died and three others were rescued Friday at the hiking area near Pasadena. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 22, 2013.

Hiker Dies in Eaton Canyon Fall

One hiker was killed and another was injured Friday in a fall at Eaton Canyon, just north of Pasadena. Rescue crews responded to the area Friday March 22, 2013.
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A teenage girl who died after a fall from a cliff at Eaton Canyon was identified late Friday as 17-year-old Esther Yieng Suen, of Alhambra, according to the the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Three others were rescued Friday at the hiking area near Pasadena.

Rescue crews responded to a hiker in distress call Friday morning. Suen (pictured below) suffered a fatal head injury and died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A rescue crew in a helicopter flew at least one victim to a hospital. The victim was identified as an 18-year-old man who suffered a dislocated shoulder. He fell 200 feet.

Two other hikers also were rescued, according to the sheriff's department.

Witness Sora Chung said she spoke to one of the victims, who said the four were on a spring break high school project.

The 190-acre nature area is at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Pasadena (map). The area has hiking and equestrian trails and a waterfall.

The park is the subject of a Los Angeles County Parks safety video that refers to the waterfall hike and shows video of previous rescues.

The County Parks Department also posted an alert regarding Eaton Canyon on its website. The alert involves rumors of a "so-called safe hike" to a second waterfall.


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