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Culver City Man Dies While Climbing ‘Hall Of Horrors’ In Joshua Tree National Park

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North Horror Rock at Hall of Horrors area at Sheep Pass in Joshua Tree National Park. (credit: Jarek Tuszynski/Wikipedia.org)

North Horror Rock at Hall of Horrors area at Sheep Pass in Joshua Tree National Park. (credit: Jarek Tuszynski/Wikipedia.org)

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CULVER CITY (CBSLA.com) — A man who died while climbing the “Hall of Horrors” rock formation in Joshua Tree National Park was identified Friday as a 42-year-old Culver City man.

Mojica Antonio Coronel died about 3:30 p.m. Thursday from his injury, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau.

Coronel collapsed and fell into a crevasse while climbing over boulders, according to the coroner’s preliminary investigation.

Ranger Dave Carney said the visitor injury was reported at 2:50 p.m. Thursday in Hall of Horrors, a popular climbing area between Jumbo Rocks and Ryan campgrounds. Search and rescue workers found Coronel on a ledge 50 feet above the ground.

He did not respond to attempts to resuscitate him.

Coronel’s death is under investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Joshua Tree Park Rangers.

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