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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
WAYNESBORO — A 13-year-old Richmond girl died Sunday night after falling earlier in the day from a cliff area near the Humpback Rocks picnic area on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has identified the girl as Alexandra Babaeva, an eighth-grade student at Pocahontas Middle School in Henrico County.
Kurt Speers, the Ridge District ranger for the Blue Ridge Parkway, said the girl and her family had walked to an overlook shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. The overlook was one near the Humpback Rocks picnic area near mile marker 9 in Augusta County.
Speers said the teen went below the overlook to an undesignated trail area, where she then fell from a cliff. He said the girl was doing some “bushwhacking” to the edge of the cliff before she fell.
The girl fell 45 to 50 feet onto the parkway. She was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center by helicopter but later died, Speers said.
The ranger advises visitors to overlooks and other areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway to “stay on designated trails.”
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