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From the San Diego Union for Wednesday, july 29,1998:

 

PALM SPRINGS

Victim ignored warnings

A woman seriously injured in a 600-foot tumble below

a mountainside observation deck twice disregarded

warnings to stay away from the steep slope, authorities

said yesterday.

There was no reason to suspect foul play, said Riverside

County sheriff's deputies.

Sun Hwa Kim, 52, suffered back, neck and head injuries

when she slid Monday evening from Bruggs Viewpoint

at the 8,500-foot level of the San Jacinto Mountains

near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Kim, a

Korean-speaking Bolivian who lives in Los Angeles,

remained hospitalized in serious condition yesterday

with numerous bruises and scrapes but no broken bones

and was expected to recover fully.

Her son joined her at the hospital yesterday, but she gave

no reason for wandering so close to the edge of the

bluff.

[According to Lorraine Aubert who was working at San

Jacinto at the time, Ms. Kim stated to the park rangers

that "I wanted to be closer to nature." -RG]

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