Woman Falls Off Cliff Day After She Moved to California

Lorena Barrera climbed over wall, tripped on flip-flops
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2016 2:07 AM CDT
Woman Trying to Take Photo Dies in Cliff Fall
The Point Fermin cliffs were featured in a scene in the movie "Chinatown."   (Wikimedia Commons/Doug Kerr)

A Nevada woman who had just moved to California ended up falling off a notorious cliff on her first full day in the state, CBS News reports. The woman, identified by NBC Los Angeles as 21-year-old Lorena Barrera, was found dead at the base of the seaside cliff in Point Fermin Park in San Pedro on Friday. Her friends told investigators that she tripped over her flip-flops and fell around 100 feet onto the rocks below after climbing over a 3-foot wall to take photos. She had moved to Southern California from Nevada the previous day.

“Her friends, they said she just wanted to look at the view and she ended up tripping on her flip-flops,” Los Angeles fire chief Albert Valle tells ABC7 LA. “The two people she was with made an effort but they lost her grip and she fell.” The stretch of cliffs where Barrera died has claimed many lives: Authorities say around a dozen people die in accidents every year, and there are also numerous suicides. Earlier this month, a man and a woman in their 20s died in the same spot in what police believe was an accident. "It happens all the time over here, left and right, a lot of young people," an area resident tells NBC. "You see the railing here—tells you don't go over and try to take pictures. A lot of people take chances." (A similar accident just claimed a life at Machu Picchu.)

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